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A small meteorite landed near the
international airport in the
Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on Sat-
urday night, government officials say.
Residents reported hearing a loud
bang and feeling the impact, which
left a crater 40 feet wide and 15 feet
Government spokeswoman Rosario
Murillo said the meteorite seemed to
have broken off an asteroid which was
passing close to Earth. She said inter-
national experts had been called in to
No-one was hurt when it hit the
wooded area near the international air-
port and an air force base.
An adviser to Nicaragua s Institute
of Earth Studies (Ineter), Wilfried
Strauch, said he was "convinced it was
a meteorite" which caused the impact.
Picture shows an impact crater made
by a small meteorite in a wooded area
near Managua s international airport.
The meteorite landed in a wooded area
near the international airport and an
air force base. Experts studying the
crater said it was not clear whether
the meteorite had disintegrated upon
impact or had been blasted into soil.
Locals said they heard a large blast
just before midnight local time and
reported a burning smell.
"We thought it was a bomb because
we felt an expansive wave," Jorge San-
tamaria told Associated Press news
Ineter scientist Jose Millan said that
"we need to celebrate the fact that it
fell in an area where, thank God, it
didn t cause any danger to the pop-
Managua, which has more than a
million inhabitants is densely popu-
"All the evidence that we ve con-
firmed at the site corresponds exactly
with a meteorite and not with any
other type of event," he said.
"We have the seismic register which
coincides with the time of impact, and
the typical characteristic that it pro-
duces a cone in the place of impact,"
Astronomer Humberto Saballos said
the meteorite could have broken off
from the 2014RC asteroid which passed
Earth at the same time. 2014RC, which
is the size of a house, came closest to
earth on Sunday, when it passed over
New Zealand at a distance of about
crater in Nicaragua
NEW DELHI---Rescue workers in
boats and helicopters worked to save
thousands of people trapped in homes
and on rooftops yesterday after floods
and landslides killed more than 320
people in the Himalayan region of
Kashmir and eastern Pakistan.
Six days of torrential rains have
soaked both sides of the divided ter-
ritory of Kashmir, which India and
Pakistan each claim.
A senior Indian army official said
the Kashmir valley is facing critical
"Our focus remains to rescue people
who are stranded in their houses, and
provide them some basic necessities,"
said Lt Gen DS Hooda.
Although the rain has stopped,
thousands of people were in peril in
In the Indian-controlled portion of
Kashmir, which suffered its worst
flooding in five decades, the force of
the water snapped electric pylons and
disrupted mobile telephone and land-
line networks, leaving many in the
dark with no means of communica-
More than 120 people have died in
India, authorities said.
Pakistani authorities were preparing
for worsening conditions as water lev-
els in the Chenab and Indus rivers
were rising, Kamal said.
At least 450 villages in Indian Kash-
mir have been submerged and 2,000
others have been affected by the flood-
waters, officials said. All schools, col-
leges and offices have been shut, and
electricity and drinking water supplies
have been limited. (AP)
Indian, Pakistani troops
aid flood-stranded people
A Nicaraguan soldier checks the site where a meteorite struck on Sunday in Managua. The impact left a
crater 40 feet wide and 15 feet deep.
There have been emotional scenes
at a temple in Beijing where relatives
of passengers on board Malaysia Air-
lines flight MH370 gathered yesterday
to mark six months since the plane
About 30 relatives listened to a man
read a poem, some crying and sitting
on the floor. Tempers flared when
police tried to move people on, spark-
No trace of the Beijing-bound air-
craft has been found since it disap-
peared on 8 March, carrying 239 peo-
Based on analysis of satellite data,
MH370 is believed to have ended its
journey in seas far west of the Aus-
tralian city of Perth.
Investigators do not know what
happened to the flight, however, and
finding its "black box" flight recorders
is seen as key to understanding the
factors behind its disappearance.
Teams are now preparing to search
a 60,000 square km priority area in
the Indian Ocean, using towed deep
water vehicles equipped with side scan
sonar, multi-beam echo sounders and
video cameras. (BBC)
Emotional scenes as MH370
relatives mark six months
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