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Meteorite killed a man in India

Meteorite killed a man in India

Meteorites killer? The first to be awarded the title is believed to have fallen to Earth during the Cretaceous-Paleocene causing one of the most famous mass extinctions of the planet putting an end to the era of the dinosaurs (but not to Coelacanth and a few other species survived from that distant period to the present day).

From India now comes the news of the death of a man (and the wounding of three others) due to a meteorite crashed in the Vellore district, in the southern part of Tamil Nadu state, close to the Bharathidasan Engineering College. The meteorite, of which remained on the ground a black-bluish fragment weighing about 10 kg, created a crater 4 feet deep.

Meteorite killed a man in India
The meteorite left a crater inside the campus of Bharathidasan Engineering College in Vellore

The resulting explosion shattered the windows of the collage in which was Kamraj, a bus driver, immediately hospitalized for the severity of injuries reported but later died in hospital. If confirmed, it would be the first case of a fatal accident linked to a meteorite in the last 190 years. According to the International Comet Quarterly, the most recent precedent dates back to the fall of another meteorite in India, in 1825.

Meteorite killed a man in India
Further tests were needed to confirm that the darkish rock was actually a meteorite

In Russia, in 2013, was already avoided tragedy when a meteorite had disintegrated over the skies of Cheliabynsk region, the Ural Mountains, about 1500 kilometers from Moscow. Then were counted 112 including wounded and bruised (two of which are hospitalized in serious conditions), hit by glass splinters and other fragments of materials caused by the meteorite itself, but there wasn’t any victims, thankfully. The poor Kamraj was not so lucky and so the Indian government has already announced a financial announcement of 100,000 rupees (1,400 dollars) for his family.

Tags: Astronomy, Indian subcontinent, Disasters