Meteor hit the ground and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force last month, but the US Air Force did not even mention the event.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has confirmed an unspecified size of 24.4 kilometers per second in Greenland, just 43 kilometers north of the early Thule Air Base missile alert on July 25, 2018.
Nuclear Informatics Director of the Federation of American Scientists Hans Kristensen has published tweeted about this impact, but the US Air Force has not mentioned this event.
We’re still here, so they correctly concluded it was not a Russian first strike. There are nearly 2,000 nukes on alert, ready to launch. pic.twitter.com/q01oJfRUp4
— Hans Kristensen (@nukestrat) August 1, 2018
Mr Kristensen claims that the US government has received no public warning of an incident.
Giant Meteor Hit
“If it came to a more perpendicular angle, it would hit the country with a much greater power,” he writes at Business Insider.
Mr Kristensen points to the example of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, a 20-meter-space rock exploding in the air over Russia without warning on February 15, 2013.
It was the size of the house, brighter than the sun, and visible up to 100 kilometers away.
About 1,500 people were injured by glass from broken windows or other effects of a meteor impact when it crashed on Earth, the largest known population in the universe.
“The Chelyabinsk event has expanded our attention to what we need to do to detect even larger asteroids before they hit our planet,” said Lindley Johnson, NASA’s Defense Planner. “It was a cosmic excitation.”
After the incident in 2013, an international asteroid warning network was set up to help governments detect and respond to Earth-like objects.
But the asteroid that enters the Earth’s atmosphere is not unusual.
According to a study to which Mr Kristensen referred, the meteor encountered every 13 days in 20 years. Most break down when entering the atmosphere and are “harmless”.