7: 15 a.m.: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told “Good Morning America,” “It’s a very sad day in Oklahoma. A lot of hearts have been broken.”
6:43 a.m.: President Obama will deliver a televised statement regarding the Oklahoma tornado at 10 a.m. ET.
6:28 a.m.: Pope Francis tweeted, “I am close to the families of all who died in the Oklahoma tornado, especially those who lost young children. Join me in praying for them.”
5:33 a.m.: McClain County Animal Response Team spokesperson Dr. Patty Mannas told ABC News affiliate KOCO-TV that at least 50 pets have been pulled from the rubble in Moore, Okla.
“We’ve already reunited a few animals and animals with microchips have a very, very high percentage of being reunited with their families,” she said.
A Meteorite is reported to have hit Argentina to-day , causing injury or Death.
Confirmation is awaited.
“Some media is reporting that a meteorite or a piece of a satellite struck a woman in Monte Grande, Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing her and injuring eight. Witnesses say that they saw a blue ball of fire striking a house:
Meteorite Hits Argentina
My daughter’s bedroom is on the front and she told me that, when she opened the window after smelling gunpowder, she saw how fireballs coming from the sky and there she saw the explosion that reached my son-in-law on his leg.
Another woman says that she was sleeping when she heard the “impressive noise”. She woke up around 2AM today because she heard a “high pitch noise” and, a few seconds later, she felt an explosion that shattered her house:
When I went out I saw fire coming from above, of light blue. It wasn’t the color of a normal fire, it was all of sky blue.
A young man claims that he has captured the meteor on his mobile phone. The picture—shown on the top—doesn’t seem like the straight trajectory of a meteor or a piece of space junk. It looks more like this imbecile decided to make a fake photo photographing a moving piece of burning wood in the middle of the night.
The police, however, believes this is all a case of mass hysteria driven by the photo and the recent news of the NASA satellite that crashed in the Pacific last Saturday. They went through the rubble to discover a “gas 45-kilogram gas tube, part of some pipe and a [pizza] oven destroyed.” The fire department declared that the explosion was enormous.
Damaged Home, Meteorite.
A meteor shower has rained down on central Russia, reportedly injuring hundreds of people and causing widespread damage. The event is not related to the asteroid set to pass over the Earth late Friday.
Meteor Shower in Russia
The Russian Interior Ministry announced that about 1,000 people were injured early Friday when meteor fragments hit the sparsely populated Urals region of Chelyabinsk. Witnesses in the Ural region reported flashes and sharp explosions in the morning sky.
Most of those injured were treated for minor cuts and bruises from shattered glass broken by the explosions, the local police department told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency. The impact reportedly blew out windows from a number of buildings, although the extent of the damage remains unclear.
“A meteorite disintegrated above the Urals [mountain range in central Russia], partially burning up in the lower atmosphere,” the local office of the national Emergencies Ministry announced in a statement.
“At 11 a.m. local time [0500 GMT] we received numerous calls of panic, power cuts and contusions,” the Interfax news agency quoted the local government as saying.
A nuclear power plant in the region is thought to have been unaffected.
A six-meter wide (20 foot) hole was later found in a frozen lake outside of the town of Chebarkul in the same region, according to the local governor’s office.
ccp/mkg (AFP, AP, Reuters)
Google issued a Public Alert on the Earthquake measuring 7.3 Richter 1 hour, 19 minutes agoLocation: 176 miles (284 km) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan; 184 miles (296 km) ENE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan; 198 miles (319 km) E of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan; 285 miles (459 km) NE of TOKYO, Japan. Source: U.S. Geological Survey.
- The wave was recorded in Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi prefecture that was badly hit by the tsunami of March 2011, which killed thousands.
Earlier, a strong earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture.
The epicentre was 10km beneath the seabed.
Initial warnings said the tsunami could be as high as 2m.
There is no tsunami warning current for Australia or neighbouring nations.
NHK television broke off regular programming to warn that a strong quake was due to hit shortly before the earthquake struck. Afterward, the announcer repeatedly urged all near the coast to flee to higher ground.
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