Air Force silent after huge meteor hits earth near U.S. military base

Cryptic fireball streaking over US base in Greenland puzzles NASA scientist

Cryptic fireball streaking over US base in Greenland puzzles NASA scientist

"No reporting about any such event appears on the public news website of the 12th Space Warning Squadron based at Thule, the 21st Space Wing, or the wing's 821st Air Base Group", states the media outlet.

A 2.1 kiloton explosion over a US Air Force base in remote Iceland late last month is believed to have been the result of a meteor.

Thule Air Base is the US's northernmost military outpost, residing only about 940 miles from the North Pole.

The news is corroborated by a report from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which recorded a space object of unspecified size flying nearly directly over Thule on July 25 at 21:55 UTC (5.55 p.m. ET).

A 2.1 kiloton explosion could also have been produced by a low-yield nuclear weapon device, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists Hans Kristensen told The Washington Examiner. The meteor was traveling at 15 miles per second. He noted that the base, "Correctly concluded it was not a Russian first strike".

"There's been no impact to Thule Air Base", Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Hope Cronin said in an email. "There are almost 2,000 nukes on alert, ready to launch", Kristensen added in his Twitter post.

"Had it entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with significantly greater force", he writes on Business Insider. Kristensen notes that meteors head towards earth once every 13 days but most burn up in the atmosphere.

In February 2013, a meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring almost 2,000 people, mainly due to broken glass. That meteor was visible from 60 miles away in the sky. Writing on NASA's website, Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson, said of that incident, "The Chelyabinsk event drew widespread attention to what more needs to be done to detect even larger asteroids before they strike our planet". In the wake of that incident, the International Asteroid Warning Network was established.

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