A resident of Aguas Zarcas de San Carlos, in the northern part of Costa Rica, says a piece of a meteorite hit her home on Tuesday night.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, told journalist Allan Jara in a Facebook Live interview on his official website after a flash of green light was reported in several areas of the province of Alajuela.
“As at 9:10 p.m. I cannot say how it sounded because it was something inexplicable. There was an explosion that I thought had destroyed the entire house. I saw that there was a gap (in the ceiling) but I did not know what it was (…) I was shaking with fright,” said the woman.
According to the woman, when searching the house she found a stone, which was hot and apparently broke through the roof and fell on some tables.
The supposed meteorite damaged the zinc roof of the house, a piece of wood and a table, as Jara showed in the images.
According to the reports on some websites, the Tuesday night sky lit up and turned blue, many not clear on what was happening.
Photos and videos of the phenomenon point to a possible meteor shower, witnesses said the event included a loud noise and then the light split into several parts.
The journalist followed up his Tuesday night report with other videos. See them here.
Erick Sánchez, Astronomer of the Planetarium of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), confirmed that the observed phenomenon was a meteorite.
Including, the phenomenon was captured by cameras of the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) and according to reports, it could also be seen in the Central Valley. The light that was observed in the sky was so great that it illuminated the craters of the Poás and Turrialba volcanos.
Have meteorites fallen in Costa Rica?
The answers is yes. On April 1, 1857 a meteorite fell in the city of Heredia.
Geologist and Vulcanologist of the National Seismological Network, Gerardo Soto has conducted geological, documentary and anecdotal research on this and other meteorites in Costa Rica.