The children practicing judo in this video clearly know a thing or two about how to defend themselves, but when Mother Nature came calling they responded in the same way as anyone else would – by running as fast they could in the opposite direction!
This remarkable footage was captured in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on a seemingly ordinary Friday morning in 2013, as a group of children worked on their judo techniques in a large sports hall.
What they didn’t know was that high in the sky above them a 10,000-ton meteor, measuring 55 feet in diameter and traveling at over 40,000 mph, was about to explode into flames as it raced through the atmosphere towards the city.
That moment was captured on film as a bright light, which experts would later reveal was brighter than the sun, flashed with increasing intensity for several seconds from the nearby windows.
Some of the students stopped what they are doing immediately, while a few others were so focused on what they are doing that they didn’t appear to realize that something was wrong.
However, it wouldn’t be long before they all started fleeing in terror as the windows in the hall suddenly smashed by this awesome, yet terrifying demonstration of Mother Nature’s power.
It would later emerge that it wasn’t the impact of the meteor shower hitting the earth that led to the windows to blow in, but rather a series of massive shockwaves caused by the earlier explosion in the sky, which NASA estimated had released 500 kilotons of energy – the equivalent of 20-30 Hiroshima bombs.
Thankfully, none of the children appeared to be hurt, though there would be 1,500 injuries from the meteor shower, along with $20 million worth of damage to the city and near-by towns.
Experts believe the meteor was the largest to have entered the earth’s atmosphere in over a century, and while most of the debris burned up in the sky, numerous meteorites did land, leaving a 50-foot hole in a nearby ice lake along with a 20-foot crater on the shore.