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Asteroid Strikes Colombia - American Media Buries It!
Around 3:10PM Sunday afternoon residents of Colombia were awestruck when the clear sky was cracked open by a massive fireball that exploded upon impact leaving a 300 foot wide crater and a lot of rattled nerves.
This is not the first time this year that an impact event has been underreported.
The Mayor of Bucaramanga, Fernando Vargas, said the impact left a crater 100 meters in diameter, and the celestial body hit in the vicinity of the municipality of San Joaquin.
The celestial body across the sky, Colombia, and could not determine at first what it was, moved to the Air Force of Colombia to identify the nature of foreign body in the sky, and then to locate the crash site.
Experts from Santander's Industrial University say that the fireball was probably a stellar object that disintegrated on impact with the atmosphere.
Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them.
Colombian media are reporting that authorities have not located the remains of the giant fireball, which is believed to have been a meteorite, but reports in international media say it had been found.
Colombia's Institute of Mining and Geology (Ingeominas) confirmed that no tremors were registered at the time the fireball is believed to have hit the earth, and suggested that it was a meteorite.
Andina.com reported that Bucaramanga Mayor Fernando Vargas confirmed that the phenomenon was a meteorite which left a crater 100 meters in diameter where it crashed in the San Joaquin municipality in Santander.
However Santander Governor Horacio Serpa told Colombian media that authorities have been unable to locate the presumed meteorite.