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      ASTEROID 'HIT NORTHERN RUSSIA'
      Ananova
      Friday, October 4, 2002

      A large meteorite is thought to have smashed into a forest in a remote area
      of Russia.

      Residents in the town of Bodaibo, in the Irkutsk region of Siberia, saw a
      large luminous body fall from the sky.

      They say the impact caused the ground to shake and made a sound like
      thunder.

      Flashes of bright light could be seen above the impact site, which was a
      long way from any settlements according to the Russian newspaper Pravda.

      "Locals felt a strong shock, which could be comparable to an earthquake,"
      said the report. "In addition to that, the people also heard a thunder-like
      sound."

      Asteroid expert Dr Benny Peiser, from Liverpool John Moore's University,
      said: "If the eyewitness accounts are confirmed, this fact of an earth
      tremor together with thunder-like explosive sounds would indicate a rather
      significant impact event."

      He said the incident occurred on the same day as the US House of
      Representatives debated the need to search for smaller asteroids and the
      danger of mistaking impacts for nuclear attacks.

      At least 30 times a year, asteroids smash into the Earth's atmosphere and
      explode with the force of a nuclear bomb.

      These smaller asteroids, between 200 and 500 metres wide, could potentially
      demolish a city with a direct hit or cause tsunamis - giant waves - capable
      of wiping out entire coastal areas if they land in the ocean.

      Astronomers estimate there could be between 900 and 1,300 large asteroids
      measuring one kilometre or more in our part of the solar system, while the
      number of smaller bodies could amount to 50,000.

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