At 2:55 p.m. this afternoon a meteor entered the atmosphere just over Christchurch, streaked through the sky in a blaze of fire and broke into a couple of smaller pieces before it disappeared. The event created a massive sonic boom that shook many buildings. Folks thought the buildings they were in were breaking apart! The massive sonic booms were recorded by seismographs operated by Geonet.

Of course, during this time I must have been rocking out to Led Zeppelin’s Cashmere in the car driving back home from The New World grocery store, because I completely missed it. Oh well, such is life.

“An extraordinary boom did sound/
As this meteor was Christchurch bound.”

27/10/2006 Correction: The name of the last track of Led Zeppilin’s Physical Graffiti is in fact Kashmir and not Cashmere. Cashmere is a suburb of Christchurch located on the south side of Christchurch, at the foot of the Port Hills, which, coincidentally, according to The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names was named by Sir John Cracoft Wilson who purchased land at the foot of the Port Hills and named this land after Cashmere in India (Reed notes Cashmere was an alternative spelling of Kashmere in the nineteenth century.)