Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

A car dash cam captures a view of a meteor near Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, US. (Reuters)
Updated 17 January 2018
0

Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the US Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.
The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8 p.m. local time and registered a 2.0 magnitude tremor about 4 miles (7 km) east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey said on its website.
The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed it was not a meteorological event but more likely a meteor.
“The NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor,” the NWS in Detroit said on Twitter.
The meteor sighting lit up social media with people posting videos and reaction.
“I can’t believe there was a Meteor! It shook our house and made a large bang! We thought someone hit our house,” Twitter user Jennifer Wilson said in a post.
Others had more ominous thoughts.
“I thought for sure I was either seeing the alien invasion or the apocalypse. It’s awesome in retrospect, freaky ... in real time,” said a Twitter user who goes by the name Crash.


Titanic replica set to dock in Dubai

A rendering of the original Titanic. (Shutterstock)
Updated 5 min 43 sec ago
0

Titanic replica set to dock in Dubai

DUBAI: A duplicate of the Titanic is being constructed in China and is set to dock in Dubai in 2022, according to reports.

Australian firm Blue Star Line is creating the Titanic II that will be modeled on the original.

The ship is set to feature guest rooms with three different classes — first, second and third, just like the original — restaurants and dining rooms. The construction of the Titanic II is estimated at $500 million.

The ill-fated original ship sunk in 1912, in an accident that saw 1,503 people killed. It was the largest ship ever built at the time and had 2,229 people on board when it sunk on its international voyage.

The new ship will sail from China to Singapore and will then head to Dubai on a two-week journey in 2022, according to an interview with the firm's chairman Clive Palmer. From Dubai, the Titanic II will travel to Southampton before leaving for New York, as the original Titanic attempted to do in 1912.