Each day, rocks coming from deep space hit the Earth, but the vast majority of them fall into the ocean. You never know when a space rock belonging from the depths of our Solar System or even from light-years away can visit us. Perhaps the more scary fact is that you never know what such a meteorite can bring along.
Phys.org brings the news that a meteor lit the sky over the eastern part of Cuba. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries or damage. Enrique Arango Arias, the head of the National Seismological Service, declared for the official Cubadebate news site that the event was seen from the towns of Moa, Maisi, and Sagua de Tanamo.
An expansive wave of an explosion was registered
Enrique Arango Arias also said that the service’s instruments registered the wave of the explosion, and users of social media confirmed seeing a red and white light on the sky followed by an explosion occurring at 10:06 pm (local time) on Friday.
Cuba has relatively small sizes (the main island itself, Isla de la Juventud and several small archipelagos), consisting of a total of 109,884 km². Adding the fact that the country is surrounding by waters (the Atlantic Ocean in the north and east, the Gulf of Mexico in the west, and the Caribbean Sea in the south), it’s remarkable how meteors can still land there.
Only two years ago, Cuba was hit by a meteor. The US National Weather Service detected a huge fireball near Viñales (Cuba) around 1:21 pm on February 1st, 2019.