Meteorite makes big crater in Nicaragua, government says

The crater is in a wooded area near Managua's international airport and an air force base.

Story highlights

  • NASA blogger: The lack of fireball reports suggests a meteorite was not the cause
  • The Nicaraguan government says a meteorite crashed in woods near the capital
  • The crater is 39 feet (12 meters) across
  • The hunt is on for the remains of a meteorite

(CNN)A meteorite crashed down in Managua, Nicaragua, late Saturday night, causing a loud explosion and leaving a crater 39 feet (12 meters) across, government officials said, according to The Associated Press. No damage or injuries were reported.

AP quoted government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo as saying they've determined it was a "relatively small" meteorite that "appears to have come off an asteroid that was passing close to Earth."
NASA hasn't confirmed a link between the meteorite and the asteroid. The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 RC, was expected to pass safely above the Earth on Sunday, NASA said, at a distance of about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) -- just one-tenth the distance from the center of Earth to the moon. It was estimated to be 60 feet (18 meters) long.