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For the First Time in Recorded History, Someone Was Killed by a Meteorite http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/02/someone-was-killed-by-a-meteorite.html

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"The world's longest odds came into play for a Mr. V. Kamaraj on Saturday as he crossed the campus of Bharathidasan Engineering College in Tamil Nadu, India, and became the first person in recorded history to have been killed by a meteorite. The stone essentially exploded as it fell, shattering the glass in cars and windows and severely injuring Kamaraj, who later died."

 ‎· ronin
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D:

 ‎· Jennifer D.
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I'm sort of surprised it hasn't happened at least once before.

 ‎· John B.
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I know, right? Earth has vastly more unpopulated regions than we would initially believe I guess.

 ‎· ronin
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I'm guessing it is the "recorded" part that's key - there might be other times, but it wasn't recorded, or it was called something else.

 ‎· Jennifer D.
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I heard them talking on the radio about this on the way home. They interviewed an expert and he said there are a number of documented cases of people being injured by meteorites. However, I didn't hear the part where this is supposed to be the first time in recorded history that someone was killed by one.

 ‎· Spidra Webster
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Oh wow.

 ‎· Stephen Mack
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It sounds like they're still investigating if it was a meteorite: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35529752

 ‎· John B.
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NASA thinks it probably wasn't a meteorite: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/10/world/asia/that-wasnt-a-meteorite-that-killed-a-man-in-india-nasa-says.html

 ‎· John B.

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