A small meteorite struck near the international airport in Managua, Nicaragua, on Sept. 6th according to government officials.
Residents made reports of loud bangs, and many also felt the impact. No injuries resulted from the impact, which occurred in a wooded area away from residential buildings.
Had the meteorite’s impact occurred in any of Managua’s densely populated residential areas, there likely would have been casualties.
“We thought it was a bomb because we felt an expansive wave,” Jorge Santamaria told the Associated Press.
The impact from the meteorite left a crater 12 meters wide and 5 meters deep, according to the BBC.
According to NASA, a passing asteroid nicknamed Pitbull is thought to be the source of the meteorite. Pitbull came closest to earth when it passed over New Zealand at a distance of about 40,000 kilometers, about one-tenth the distance from the center of earth to the moon.
Nicaragua has requested help from international experts to investigate further.
NASA is currently monitoring more than 11,000 asteroids in that pass relatively close to earth.