Meteor explosion sets off modern-day Gold Rush

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.

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