Unprecedented: Shockwave and ‘creepy roar’ in Gran Canaria were caused by a meteorite

(ORDO NEWS) — First, it tore the sky over La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife at great speed, like lightning, emitting colors with shades of green and red, and then caused such a roar over Gran Canaria.

that it could be heard in many areas of the island, and finally fell at sea, causing astonishment among the inhabitants of the island, who at first did not know what it was.

Scientists have confirmed that it was a meteorite that, while not the first time it has hit the archipelago, has no precedent for what happened yesterday as it was accompanied by aftershocks. Fortunately, the emergency services announced that there is no evidence that he caused injuries or property damage.

The incident occurred yesterday (Wednesday) just after 3:00 pm, although the exact time of impact recorded by the measurement systems installed by Involcan and the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded various readings between 3:16 pm and 4:35 pm.

The first alert received by the emergency services came from the province of Tenerife due to reports of a very fast green-red object in the sky.

But what really set off all the alarms happened just after that, when there was a huge roar over Gran Canaria and the residents of municipalities across the island, including Agaete, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Santa Brigida and Las Palmas, with some anxiety demanded information about the noise and shocks.

“Even the window panes and blinds were trembling,” say those who called 112 to report it. Their evidence that sound traveled too far to be, for example, an aircraft that broke the sound barrier, which was one of the original hypotheses.

Seismic activity was also ruled out, leaving no room for doubt, by scientists in less than an hour. Although it was urgently confirmed that no one was in danger and there were no emergencies associated with this phenomenon, everything points to an object that came from space.

In the afternoon, the Government of the Canary Islands made an official statement that, indeed, the aforementioned “sonic boom was caused by a fireball that crossed the sky over the Canary Islands and touched the atmosphere of this island, generating a powerful acoustic wave.”

By that time, the director of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, Rafael Rebolo, had already confirmed the information provided by the dean of the press of the Canary Islands: it was a meteorite, estimated to be about “a meter long” and weighing more than “several tons”.


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