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Meteor Strike

Passport Season 40 Episode 13 | 53m 6s

A blinding flash of light streaked across the Russian sky, followed by a shuddering blast strong enough to damage buildings and send more than 1,000 people to the hospital. On the morning of February 15, 2013, a 7,000-ton asteroid crashed into the Earth's atmosphere. According to NASA, the Siberian meteor exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs.

Aired: 03/27/13

Expires: 03/28/23

Rating: NR

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