A 14 years old schoolboy from Germany, Gerrit Blank, survive direct hit by a meteorite travelling at nearly 50,000 kilometers per hour (30,000mph).
He was going to school when he notes a “red light ball” falling from the sky, heading straight towards him. The red hot, pea-sized piece of meteorite hit his hand before bouncing off and causing a foot wide crater in the ground.
The chance to survive this kind of accident is 1:1 000 000, incredibly but Gerrit Blank escaped with only a minor injury, a three-inch scar across his hand and he is the only one person has survived a direct meteorite hit.
Have been noted just one other person that has survived a meteorite hit, but it was not a directly hit. An orange-sized meteor crashed through the roof of a house in Alabama, in the USA, in 1954. It bounced off furniture and then hit a woman who was asleep at the time.
“At first I just saw a large ball of light, and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand. Then a split second after that there was an enormous bang like a crash of thunder. The noise that came after the flash of light was so loud that my ears were ringing for hours afterwards.” – said Gerrit.
The rock would originally have been a lot larger, but would have burned up in the atmosphere as it fell to Earth. Most meteorites burn up completely before they hit the ground.
Germans scientists have confirmed that it is a real meteorite and it is valuable to collectors and scientists.
The boy already got new nickname, “MeteorBoy” and he doesn’t have any new super natural powers – for now.
For WC News from Berlin,