Authorities in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are reporting a death by meteorite. Via The Wall Street Journal, reports out of the country claim an object crashed into the Bharathidasan Engineering College campus around noon on Saturday, killing one man and injuring three others. If true, it would be the first time in modern history a person has been killed by a meteorite.
Witnesses claim there was a “big explosion” that left a crater inside the college’s cafeteria, smashing windows and damaging nearby cars. The campus was shut down immediately following the incident, which was apparently so loud it could be heard miles away. There’s no indication of whether or not the supposed meteorite is related to the asteroid NASA said passed by Earth over the weekend.
Rock fragments recovered from the scene have been described by authorities as “blue-ish black”—you can see an alleged picture below.
The most recent reported incident of a meteor came in 2013, when around 1,000 people were injured near Chelyabinsk in Russia. That meteor produced a powerful blast that scientists say sent a shockwave around Earth twice. It’s unclear how large the meteorite was on Saturday, though reports from Tamil Nadu describe it as a very localized event.
You’re more likely to die in an earthquake, tornado, flood, airplane crash, or car crash, according to Wired.
“If a bigger asteroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it will disintegrate and travel in different directions and because most of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, it is most likely to fall into the ocean,” said Sujan Sengupta, an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.