Feb 10, 2016 I Paul Seaburn

First Modern-Day Man-Killing Meteor Strikes in India

Life on Earth keeps getting more treacherous and some of the danger is coming from the sky. A man in India became what may be the first modern-day casualty of a direct meteor hit. Do we have enough helmets?

On February 6th at 12:30 p.m. local time, a meteor – at least that’s what it’s being called until experts verify it – reportedly shattered windows on buildings and cars and made a four-foot-deep crater on the Bharathidasan Engineering College campus in Tamil Nadu, India, according to school principal G. Baskar.

There was a noise like a big explosion. It was an abnormal sound that could be heard till at least 3 kilometers away.

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The crater left by the man-killing meteor

Bus driver V. Kamaraj was walking outside on the campus when the meteor crashed on or near him (reports aren’t specific), causing critical injuries that led to his death soon after. Two gardeners and a student were also injured, but less severely.

The last recorded human fatality caused by a meteorite was in 1825, also in India. Is V. Kamaraj destined to make the history books as the first person in modern times to be killed by a meteor? According to NASA, he is.

It is a fact that there is no record in modern times of any person being killed by a meteorite.

Now that first place has been determined, what are your odds of being the second person in modern times hit (hopefully you’ll survive to accept the award) by a meteor? The Times of India puts the odds at 1 in 250 million (the odds of winning a Powerball Jackpot are 1 in 292 million), but the chances may be higher since the numbers are based on some deaths blamed on meteors that are disputed.

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The destructive force of the 1908 meteor crash in Tunguska, Siberia.

If you’re going to get hit by a meteor, India appears to be the place to be hit. Within a day of his death, Kamaraj’s family was awarded $1,441 in compensation by the Indian government – and it’s still not been confirmed by scientists studying the tiny fragments in the crater that the object actually was a meteor.

Assuming meteors don’t strike twice in the same place, should the family should spend some of the money on lottery tickets?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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