Friday, May 24 2013 9:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:04:37 GMT
The Indiana Pacers are trying to even the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. Indiana has opened up a 12-point lead late in the first quarter. Roy Hibbert leads the Pacers with eight points. LeBron JamesMore >>
The Indiana Pacers are trying to even the Eastern Conference finals in Miami.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:44:52 GMT
Andretti Autosport has five cars in the top nine in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Any of them could win the race. The team has already won three out of four INDYCAR races this season. One of the AndrettiMore >>
I'm picking Marco to finally add another win to the Andretti legacy at Indianapolis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:15:26 GMT
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500. With four women in the field, this year ties the record for the most female drivers in the big race. The rumbleMore >>
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:58:56 GMT
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night. Richard Allen Moore died after he was struck by IMPD Ofc. Jason Rauch atMore >>
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:49:53 GMT
St. Vincent Health's restructuring announcement this week did not come as a surprise. The 22-hospital system currently employs more than 3,000 physicians and 16,000 other employees. St. Vincent CEO VincentMore >>
The St. Vincent announcement is really the latest installment by hospitals trying to deal with the uncertainty to come.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:30:44 GMT
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe. The eyes are on the cars, the part and the people at IMS. This year, more than everMore >>
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:47:38 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
MOSCOW, RUSSIA -
A thousand people were injured after a meteorite exploded about 20 to 30 miles above the ground Friday over the Ural Mountains of Russia. A number of cameras caught images of the meteorite streaking across the sky, and surveillance video shows windows shattering in the shock wave that followed the explosion.
Most of the injuries were from flying glass. Authorities say the shock wave blew in an estimated one million square feet of glass in the city of Chelyabinsk.
The blast damaged 3,000 buildings in the city, including a zinc factory, where part of the roof collapsed. Scientists estimate it weighed ten to eleven tons and was about the size of an SUV. It entered the earth's atmosphere at a speed of 33,000 miles per hour.
Just a couple of hours after this happened, a pastor from Anderson landed in Chelyabinsk.
Jim Lyon from Madison Park Church of God is in Russia for a church retreat. He spoke with us by Skype, and described what his host family experienced when the meteor exploded.
"The light just grew brighter and brighter and brighter, almost like, I'm guessing you'd imagine a nuclear explosion, what's going on and then after the light became so blinding, then there were the shock waves, which were wave upon wave of of just energy that is released as the meteor is colliding with the atmosphere and that's what blew the windows out and many students were injured, lots of lacerations and the whole campus was shut down and that's the story told all across the city," he said.
Chelyabinsk health chief Marina Moskvicheva said Friday that 985 people in her city had asked for medical assistance. The Interfax news agency quoted her as saying 43 were hospitalized.
TheRussian Academy of Sciences said the meteor - estimated to be about 10 tons - entered the Earth's atmosphere going at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph). It shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground, releasing several kilotons of energy above the Ural Mountains.
Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky just after sunrise, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.
Q. What's the difference between a meteor and a meteorite?
A. Meteors are pieces of space rock, usually from larger comets or asteroids, which enter the Earth's atmosphere. Many are burned up by friction and the heat of the atmosphere, but those that survive and strike the Earth are called meteorites. They often hit the ground at tremendous speed - up to 30,000 kilometers an hour (18,650 mph) - releasing a huge amount of energy, according to the European Space Agency.
Q: How common are meteorite strikes?
A: Experts say smaller strikes happen five to 10 times a year. Large impacts such as the one Friday in Russia are rarer but still occur about every five years, according to Addi Bischoff, a mineralogist at the University of Muenster in Germany. Most of these strikes happen in uninhabited areas where they don't injure humans.
Q: How big was Friday's bang in Russia, and why did it cause so many injuries?
A: Alan Harris, a senior scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, said most of the damage would have been caused by the blast - or blasts - as the meteor broke up in the atmosphere. The rapid deceleration of the meteor released a huge amount of energy that would have been heard and felt many miles away. Witnesses say it shattered windows and sent loose objects flying through the air.
While estimates of the mass of the meteor range from 10-100 tons, and it is still unclear if it was made of rock or iron, "the explosive force of the airburst might have been some 10 kilotons of TNT," said Harris. But he noted that since the blast occurred several miles above the Earth, the damage isn't comparable to an explosion of that magnitude on the Earth' surface.
By comparison, the U.S. bomb dropped over Hiroshima during World War II had an explosive force of about 15 kilotons, but it detonated just 2,000 feet above a densely populated city.
Q: Is there any link between this meteor and the asteroid fly-by taking place later Friday?
A: No, it's just cosmic coincidence, according to European Space Agency spokesman Bernhard von Weyhe, who says Asteroid 2012DA14 is unrelated to the meteorite strike in Russia.
Q: When was the last comparable meteorite strike?
A: In 2008, astronomers spotted a meteor heading toward Earth about 20 hours before it entered the atmosphere. It exploded over the vast African nation of Sudan, causing no known injuries.
The largest known meteorite strike in recent times was the "Tunguska event" that hit Russia in 1908. Even that strike, which was far bigger than the one that happened over Russia on Friday, didn't injure anyone.
Scientists believe that an even larger meteorite strike on what today is Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula may have been responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs about 66 million years ago. According to that theory, the impact would have thrown up vast amounts of dust that blanketed the sky for decades and altered the climate on Earth.
Q: What can scientists learn from Friday's strike?
A: Bischoff says scientists and treasure hunters are probably already racing to find pieces of the meteorite. Some meteorites can be very valuable, selling for up to $670 per gram, depending on their origin and composition. Because meteors have remained largely unchanged for billions of years - unlike rocks on Earth that have been affected by erosion and volcanic outbreaks - scientists will study the fragments to learn more about the early universe.
Harris, of the German Aerospace Center, says some meteorites are also believed to carry organic material and may have influenced the development of life on Earth.
Q: What would happen if a meteorite hit a major city?
A: Scientists hope never to find out, but they have been trying to prepare for such an event anyway. Von Weyhe, the European Space Agency spokesman, says experts from Europe, the United States and Russia are already discussing how to spot potential threats sooner and avert them. But don't expect a Hollywood-style mission to fly a nuclear bomb into space and blow up the asteroid, like the movie "Armageddon."
"It's a global challenge and we need to find a solution together," he said. "But one thing's for sure, the Bruce Willis "Armageddon" method won't work."
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Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>