On the same day that the world was rocked by news of a meteorite soaring over Russia and causing numerous injuries, the country’s old Caribbean ally – Cuba – reported its own cosmic appearance, with startled residents describing a bright light in the sky and a loud explosion that shook windows and walls.
“My home shook completely,” said a woman. “I had never heard such a strange thing.”
Marcos Rodriguez, whom the video identified as a specialist in anthropology, said all signs point to a meteorite.
According to scientists, five to 10 smaller meteorites hit the planet each year. Larger events like the one over Russia are more rare, and some experts said it may have been the biggest such blast since another meteor hit Siberia in 1908.
Also Friday, residents of the San Francisco Bay Area reported seeing a fireball in the sky that scientists said was likely a piece of space rock. Another meteor in the same area last October caused a loud sonic boom.
In Cuba, a reporter on the video said a similar phenomenon was observed in 1994 elsewhere in Cienfuegos province.
It said Cuban authorities were looking for any fragments that may have fallen to the earth.