Russian Meteor question

  1. Back in february, a meteor came down over Russia and exploded in midair. I can't help but compare this to the Tunguska event. Thus my question. Why were the two meteor explosions both in the same general area of Earth?
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  3. Vanadium 50

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    Chelyabinsk and Tunguska are 1500 miles away from each other. They are in the "same general area" the way Italy and Senegal are in the same general area.

    In the century between the two events, there were probably 50 million fireballs. Most were small, near the sun, or over ocean, but many were noticed: the 1930 Curuçá River impact was likely larger than Chelyabinsk.
  4. Ah, okay. I wasn't aware they happened so often. My focus is on neutrinos, not geography. Ha. Thanks for the help!
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