Gran Canaria inhabitants were left startled by a sonic boom after a massive meteor exploded as it crashed into the sea at 3.0pm on Wednesday, November 30
The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torre, said that the first investigations into the noise reported in Gran Canaria yesterday, suggest that a meteorite may have flown over the islands and crashed into the sea in the north of the archipelago.
Scientists have now confirmed that it was a meteorite which, although it is not the first to fall in the Archipelago, there are no precedents for what happened yesterday, as it was accompanied by tremors.
Many local residents also reported their homes were shaking and they had seen a very bright light- they were left fearful of what it might be, reported the 112 emergency services.
Torre Tweeted: “Given the noise felt, especially in #GranCanaria, it has to be said that no damage has been reported. Initial investigations point to a meteorite that flew over the islands and may have impacted the sea to the north. Calm down and always refer to official information.”
The Ministry of Public Administration, Justice and Security indicated n a statement that it is believed that the fireball or meteorite most likely touched the atmosphere off Gran Canaria.
According to the statement, Operations Room 112 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife received several calls from southern Tenerife, La Palma, and La Gomera reporting sightings of a ray of light and a cloud of smoke before the actual explosion was heard.
Fortunately, no one has been injured and there have been no reports of damage to property damage.