SONIC BOOM FROM EL PASO METEOR, OCTOBER 9th, 1997

On Thursday, October 9, 1997, at around 12:50 pm, a series of sonic booms were heard and a fireball was seen by many people in El Paso,Texas and surrounding areas. Many scientist believe a meteorite fell through the sky over west Texas and southern New Mexico. The above figure is what you heard, as recorded at the Kidd Seismic Observatory on a broadband digital seismometer. It is a seismic recording of the sonic boom from the meteor.
The top trace shows vertical displacement, the middle trace show north-south horizontal displacement, and the bottom trace shows east-west horizontal displacement. The horizontal axis is time (seconds), the vertical axis is amplitude. The record start at 18:49:08 GMT (01:49:08 pm local time). The sonic boom starts about 23 seconds into the display.

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