Teen Survives Direct Hit From 30,000 mph Space Meteorite

June 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Scientists say the chances of surviving a direct hit from a meteorite crashing from space at an estimated speed of 30,000 mph, is practically nil. Statistics point to the chances of survival at just 1 in a million. But a teen in Essen, Germany struck by a meteorite, defied those odds and lived to tell his tale.

Gerrit Blank, 14-years-old was recently walking to school, most likely thinking about girls, sports and homework in that order, when a “ball of light” in the sky interrupted his teen musings, headed straight for him.

Before Gerrit could react, a red hot, pea-sized piece of rock struck his hand and then bounced off onto the ground, creating a huge foot wide crater. Right before he was hit, he heard a loud noise that resembled a giant bang of thunder, which produced a ringing in his ears for hours after the strike.

As soon as Gerrit was hit, the force of the celestial impact sent him tumbling to the ground, when the meteorite then became buried into the road.

Young Gerrit suffered a scare and a 3-inch scar on his hand, but nonetheless was no worse for the wear.

German scientists conducted tests on the pea-sized rock and found it to be a genuine space meteorite, containing magnetic properties.

The only other recorded survival of a meteorite hit, occurred in 1954 when a woman in Alabama was hit while sleeping in bed, with a grapefruit-sized meteorite after it crashed through the roof of her house.

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