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Meteor explosion sets off modern-day Gold Rush

Posted on May 25, 2012 in News

The excitement in the Earth and Space Sciences geochemistry seminar on April 24 was palpable as UCLA Professor John Wasson announced to students that a fireball had streaked across much of North America and exploded near Reno.

The April 22 explosion of a meteor caused an early-morning sonic boom that rattled many in Northern California and Nevada. Scientists estimated it released energy equivalent to 3.5 kilotons of TNT, the size of a small atomic bomb.

Read the full article by Kathleen Micham, here.