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'In Soviet Russia, ground falls on you'

February 19, 2013
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! No, really – it is.

Or at least, it was, for residents of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Feb. 15 when a 10-ton meteor crashed to earth, causing – at last count – more than 1,000 injuries. This in itself is fascinating.

According to reports, the meteor was traveling at more than 33,000 miles per hour and exploded between 18 and 32 miles in the air above the city of one million people. It began as a bright flash streaking across the winter sky. It was followed seconds later by a sonic boom that shattered glass and set off car alarms throughout the area. It's quite a show to behold.

And it was all caught on film.

In today's world of smartphones with mini-video cameras, the entire incident was caught by someone, somewhere, throughout the city. Add in CCTV and other security cameras and dashcams, and large events can be filmed from nearly every angle possible.

So much for secrecy.

The Sept. 11 attacks were in the heart of one of the most populous cities in the world and we have hundreds of hours' worth of footage, again from nearly every angle – people on the streets looking up, television helicopters looking down, office workers looking out their windows. Even Google Maps captured the attacks – from space.

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I'll let that last bit sink in.

This all got me thinking about other major events in the world that could have been caught on film, had bystanders carried the technology we have today. Would we have finally solved the assassination of John F. Kennedy? What about the Roswell UFO crash – was it really a weather balloon? What actually happened to Elvis?

We may never know exactly about these, but as the use of personal cameras increases, we'll know more about future world events than at any other time.

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