Residents in western Cuba reported on Friday that a small meteorite struck the island, triggering the sounds of a large explosion. No injuries have been reported.
Cubans quickly took to social media, sharing photos and video footage of the aftermath. Some have likened the explosion to the sounds of a plane. Early social media reports also suggested that the sounds might have been caused by a satellite explosion.
“From Pinar del Río it is said that a meteorite has fallen. In the Prehistoric Mural there are reports of stones that have fallen and that do not belong to the tea moulds”
“I just heard a strange explosion… it vibrated super strong,” Flavia Sahira, a resident of Vinales, wrote on Facebook. “Does anybody know what it was?”
Throwing in his own observations, independent journalist Ignacio Luis Gonzalez Vidal told netizens on Facebook that the sounds were likely caused by a Cuban military plane. However, that hasn’t been confirmed by military officials.
This latest incident comes after a tornado struck Havana on January 27, leaving three dead and dozens more injured. According to the BBC, 125 houses collapsed, including 13 educational centers.
Comment: Maybe there’s something to this concept of ‘February Fireballs’? Earth passes through no particularly significant meteor streams – known ones anyway – in February, and yet we keep getting smacked by big ‘uns in this month. Not only that, but Cuba in particular was hit almost 6 years to the day!
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