In apocalyptic news, a meteor exploded above Russia this morning, injuring hundreds, and sending at least one blogger thousands of miles away into the makeshift survival bunker he built in the hallway closet. I'm not gonna lie, there's little more than coats and a vacuum cleaner in here. I'll be lucky to survive until lunch.
The Russian Academy of Sciences is estimating the meteor weighed about 10 tons.
The academy said in a statement hours fall that the meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometres (18-32 miles) above ground.
Brightly burning rocks could be seen for miles as they crashed at around 9.20am local time and one bystander described it 'like a scene from the Armageddon movie.'
The meteorite is believed to have landed in a lake near Chebarkul, a town in the neighbouring Chelyabinsk region.
The city of Chelyabinsk, 900 miles east of Moscow and close to the Kazakhstan border, took the brunt of the super sonic impact.
You have to watch some of the videos after the jump, they're unreal. I'm not sure what I would have done if I was in the area at the time besides ask myself what the hell I'm doing in Russia when I swear I fell asleep in my bed in California. Admittedly though, things like that do happen (one time I blacked out in a Vegas casino and woke up on a beach in Florida -- true story).
Hit the jump for a bunch of different videos of the alien attack.
Thanks to everyone who sent this, most of whose tips began with "APOCALYPSE", "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE" or "HOLD ME, GW."
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