Sunday, February 7, 2016

Indian Bus Driver Suffers World's Most Unlikely Death Or Maybe Not

Crater reportedly left by a meteor in India. The Times of
India said the meteor's explosion killed one person. Many scientist
 are saying now this crater was not actually caused by a meteorite. 

More doubt is being cast on this story of a man being killed by a meteorite in India.

Indian scientists say there were not meteor showers at the time of the bus driver's death, so it was unlikely this was caused by a meteor, says the New York Times.

Moreover, NASA scientists are saying the blast that killed the bus driver have all the hallmarks of an earth-based explosion, and appears to be not related to anything that came from outer space, reports the New York Times. 


If this report from the Times of India is confirmed, it appears a bus driver there died when a meteorite landed on or near him.

If this is true, it's a very, very rare case of someone dying in a meteor strike.

Indian authorities said a mysterious explosion happened on the campus of an engineering college. Investigation later indicated the cause was a meteorite.

In addition to the bus driver, two gardeners and a student were injured, but are expected to recover, says the Times of India.

Obviously, the people involved here were extremely unlucky. Deaths by meteorites are almost unheard of.

Confirmed reports of previous meteorite deaths are hard to come by. The Huffington Post says a meteorite struck a wedding party in Yugoslavia in 1929, killing one person, according to reports.

There were several unconfirmed reports of people dying after being struck by meteorites in the 1800s, but several of those proved to be hoaxes.

Supposedly in 1951, a meteor shower in Iran destroyed 62 houses and killed 12 people, according to Iranian media reports at the time.
 A meteor explodes over Russia in 2013. The concussion
from the explosion shattered many windows,
injuring 1,200 people. 

Again, the above incidents have not been truly confirmed as having actually happened. I

There is a confirmed report of an Alabama woman being injured by a meteorite crashing through her roof in 1954.

And of course there was that famous meteor that exploded over Russia in 2013. The concussion from the blast was so strong that countless windows blew out and about 1,200 people were injured, mostly by flying glass.

I don't expect to ever get hit by a meteor, but I'm going to be looking up so I can get out of the way, just in case.

The odds of a person being killed by a meteorite are as high as one in 250 million. You're obvious in much greater danger if you drive to work tomorrow morning.

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