A massive object, thought to be a 55 foot wide and 10,000 ton asteroid, exploded with the force of 500 kilotons of TNT over the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk on February 15th 2013. The explosion was about 30 times the power of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945.
Thousands have been reported injured as the explosion blew out windows, knocked down building and spread destruction across Chelyabinsk and the surrounding area.
A twenty foot hole was found about 60 miles from Chelyabinsk where it is believed a chunk of the object landed.
NASA is claiming that 2012 DA14 was “a completely unrelated object,” based on data from the trajectory of the object, as it passed with in 17,200 miles of the Earth the same day.
Another object was seen 8 p.m. Friday night throughout the Bay Area in California. An astronomer with the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, said that it appears that the three objects seen Friday are unrelated.
Could the Russian have shot down the object over Chelyabinsk trying to prevent further destruction from the object hitting the ground?
The theory appears to have originated from the Znak newspaper, which quoted an anonymous “military source” who claimed that the object was intercepted by an air defense unit from Urzhumka near Chelyabinsk.