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Thuathe

Stone, chondrite, H4/5, S2/3
Berea, Lesotho
Fall: July 21, 2002, ~13:49 GMT
TKW: 45.3 kg
Individual 127.90 g

Cuboid and compact specimen with six surfaces and fresh secondary crust. “The Thuathe meteorite was travelling east to west and exploded over Lesotho producing an elliptical strewn field extending 7.4 by 1.9 km (bearing: ~276°) on the westernmost lobe of the Thuathe (or Berea) Plateau, ~12 km east of the capital city of Maseru. The explosion was accompanied by an extraordinarily loud, 15 s long noise which was heard over a large (100 km radius) area of Lesotho; the fall was eye-witnessed by several people who reported sightings of dust trails of “sparkling objects” over Lesotho and the southern part of the Free State Province of South Africa. Many villagers of Ha Ralimo, Boqate Ha Majara, and Boqate Ha Sofonia reported falls of stones close to themselves and onto their homes” (Met Bul. no. 87). This specimen is listed in the Ambrose Catalog as number 122 and was found in zone A on the Thuathe Plateau between Baruting and Ha Ralimo.
Inventory #

B-199

Date

October 4, 2015

Category

Chondrites, Stones, Witnessed Falls