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Meteor Destroyed homes in Jakarta, confirmed by Scientist

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/07/2010

Home damaged from meteor blast

The Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) has confirmed that the explosion which destroyed three houses in Durensawit, East Jakarta on Thursday (4/29) was caused by a meteor of rock type. The blast has only left dust with the color of a bit grayish.
Main researcher of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the institute, Thomas Djamaluddin said the meteor in Durensawit was possibly from rock type. “The investigation on the matter is still underway,” said Thomas, Saturday (5/1).
Thomas explains that, based on its nature, meteor is divided into two types: metal and rock. The metal meteor will leave flakes of iron plates if it falls onto the earth; while the rock meteor will be shattered into rock flakes, dust, or sand.
“It was not detected by transmitter, possibly because of its small size,” he added.

The homes of Sunarti, Sudarmojo and Marzuki were damaged in the incident, with Sudarmojo’s house taking the brunt of the impact. It blasted a hole in the second floor of the house, sending furniture falling to the first floor, and tore big holes in the walls.

Last October, a mysterious explosion in Bone, South Sulawesi, was determined to have been a meteorite that hit the Earth’s atmosphere at a mind-boggling 20.3 kilometers per second.

According to Thomas Djamaluddin, head of atmospheric sciences and chief of astronomy research at Lapan, the blast released energy equal to about 50 kilotons of TNT, more than three times the force of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, near the end of World War II.


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