Meteor Strikes – Big ones can destroy planet Earth

Meteors strike the Earth all the time. Very small meteors are the size of a grain of sand, and we see them as shooting stars. The arrive traveling 10,000+ MPH and instantly burn up in the atmosphere in a streak of light. Larger meteors often explode during their trip through the atmosphere. If large enough, a meteor (or pieces of it) will make it to the ground.

This is the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia in 2013. The meteor was perhaps 20 meters (60 feet) in diameter before it exploded. Thousands of windows were broken by the blast, and many people injured by flying glass:

Russian Meteor 15-02-2013 (Best Shots) [HD]
The Chelyabinsk Meteor: What We Know

Smaller Australian meteor caught on a body camera in 2016:

Dangerously Close Meteor Strikes Australian Beach

Florida 2016 meteor the size of a car near Tampa:

Car-Sized Fiery Meteor Terrifies Small Town As It Crashes To Earth

Other meteor strikes

What Happens When a Meteorite Strikes Earth? — Extreme Science #1
What Happens When A Meteor Strikes Earth?
Top 10 Biggest Meteor Strikes in History
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