NSW fireball : Meteor seen and felt over northern NSW
Credit: David Margo Photography, buy this print at DavidMagro.com
Thousands of people have said they saw, heard and felt the impact of a massive fireball and presumed meteor over the NSW northern coastal regions last night, June 26 2017.
Many people thought they were experiencing an earthquake with dozens calling geoscience Australia around 9pm local time.
However it appears a meteorite has entereted the atmosphere above northern NSW.
People reported that the fireball could be seen from western Sydney, the Blue Mountains to the Central Coast and Newcastle.
This image was taken on a similar night recently by photographer David Margo at Terrigal.
The meteor was reported to have disappeared over the Ocean, people suggested.
More below on the NSW fireball and meteor
Hunter Valley Meteor – A Huge shockwave, Earth tremor and fireball has been reported.
There are reports that a huge meteor smashing through the Earth’s atmosphere over NSW Hunter Valley region tonight.
Dozens of people called Geoscience Australia to report they felt an earth tremor around 9pm local time on Monday 26th of June 2017.
“Reports of a meteor over the Hunter Valley, NSW at 21:00,” Geoscience Australia said.
“Explains reported tremors and thunder as no seismic activity has been detected by Geoscience Australia,” they said on Twitter.
Reports of a meteor over the Hunter Valley, NSW at ~21:00 AEST. Explains reported tremors & thunder as no seismic activity detected by GA.
— EarthquakesGA (@EarthquakesGA) June 26, 2017
Another Twitter account, incident alerts, said they had had a “few reports of a rumbling and windows rattling from south of Newcastle to the Central Coast” as well they said.
“Any other people feel or hear anything????
We are unsure of any RAAF operations of the coast and no reports from geoscience Aust.
We have reports of a very large meteor off the coast did anyone happen to get a pic of it?”
Update: People saw the meteorite right across New South Wales.
“I was getting fire wood at the time and looked up at what i thought was fireworks but realise it was coming from the wrong direction. Couldn’t believe it broke into half a dozen pieces,” Ray Deaves said.
“I saw it over Kincumber, it’s was incredible. I hope someone has photos or a video,” Nina Rees wrote
“Me and a mate were driving back from Erina and we’re at the back of tuggerah and we saw it. Debated a little while as to what it was as we saw in disintegrate as it came down. Was totally amazing, had never seen anything like it!,” Adam Jones wrote on Facebook.
Pets in Sydney may have heard the meteorite, with one reader telling us her dog began barking and “would’t stop” right about the time the fireball was seen.
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— Breaking News Sydney (@SydneyBrk) June 26, 2017
Original Story: Hunter Valley Meteor