Apparent meteorite find (OC, 2.76 kg) near Ramón de las Yaguas, Santiago de Cuba province, Cuba

On 16 July the Ciencia Tecnología y Medio Ambiente (CITMA) of Cuba reported that a 2.76-kilogram meteorite (13 cm x 12 cm x 11 cm, most likely an ordinary chondrite) was found near the village Ramón de las Yaguas in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. The Delegación de Santiago was reportedly informed about the incident on 10 July. Apparently, some residents of Ramón de las Yaguas claim they saw a bolide and heard some thundering noise. Members of CITMA went to the area to investigate the matter.

We believe that during the classification process of this meteorite a thorough analysis of short-lived cosmogenic radionuclides with very short half-lives must be performed very quickly now to exclude any possibility that this meteorite is a ‘planted mass’ of an officially unknown meteorite specimen of the Viñales meteorite fall (ordinary chondrite, L6) of 1 February 2019, or any other recent fall of an ordinary chondrite.

CITMA press release (16 July 2021)

The meteorite at its supposed find location. Photo: CITMA

The found meteorite. Photo: CITMA

The found meteorite. Photo: CITMA

Meteorite being measured near supposed fall site. Photo: CITMA

The found meteorite. Photo: Jose Fidel Santana Núñez

The found meteorite. Photo: Jose Fidel Santana Núñez