Indonesia - Experts astronomy reveals that a large explosion occurred in the waters of the Gulf of Bone on October 8, 2009 and is due to the fall of a meteorite that originated from the asteroid diameter of about 10 meters into the earth.

"The explosion occurred due to atmospheric pressure causes the release of considerable energy, where the meteorite fall rate of about 20.3 km per second or 73,080 km per hour," said astronomers from the Institute of Aviation and Space Agency (Lapan) Dr Thomas Djamaluddin in Jakarta , Tuesday (27/10).

International monitoring system to ban nuclear testing from 11 stations, he said, reported having detected a large explosion that centered around the latitude and longitude 4.5 LS 120 BT, around 11:00 on October 8th Wita. Blast analysis showed that the explosive force of about 50 kilotons of TNT (Trinitrotoluene) and signals the explosion which also reached the high stratosphere more than 20 km.

Most asteroids that fell did not cause damage on Earth, but its diameter reaches more than 25 meters. Djamal say, based on the estimated distribution of meteoroids, asteroids in the space near Earth, such objects have probably fallen on the earth every 2 to 12 years.

On Thursday (8 / 10), citizen Bone, South Sulawesi, were startled by the sound of the explosion in which several witnesses had seen the object emits fire and smoke in the air.

However, information maze outstanding, most thought the explosion was an explosion of Sukhoi fighter jets conducting training of the Air Squadron headquarters at 11 Hassanuddin Sultan Air Base, Makassar.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Agency, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG) IV Makassar had claimed to have been a small earthquake of 1.9 on the Richter scale (SR) on the surface at the border of Bone and Wajo, where the region is Sa `at fault.

Other residents say, an explosion that could cause vibrations in the ground was caused by fish bombing carried out the local fishermen, but there are also people who have guessed that the object was a meteorite.

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