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While people are still buzzing over the 10-ton meteor that blazed through the skies over Russia Friday, there's also talk about the probability that a massive meteor strike eons ago altered the landscape of what is now a county park in Wisconsin, KARE-TV reports.

Scott Schoepp, the manager of the Nuggett Lake County Park in Plum City, Wis., talked to KARE about the rock formation at the 752-acre park and how it points to an enormous meteor strike.

Schoepp says "scientists get giddy" about the formations -- known to locals as "Blue Rock" -- which was likely the source of cryptoexplosion with the force of a hydrogen bomb.

Bill Cordua, a geologist and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, told KARE in 2004 that event happened in the park area 450 million years ago, and the force of the meteor strike was comparable to two football stadiums slamming into the earth at a speed of 60,000 miles per hour.

The meteor that scorched the skies of Russia's Chelyabinsk region Friday caused a sonic boom that injured hundreds and damaged buildings in six cities. The event coincidentally happened the same day a 130,000-ton DA14 was due to pass within 17,000 miles of the earth.

That meteor was described as roughly half the size of a football field.

Chuck Woodward, a professor of physics and astronomy the University of Minnesota’s Astrophysics Center, told the Pioneer Press Friday that the chances of the size of the Russian meteor hitting the Twin Cities is "astronomically small."

See KARE's video about the meteor strike rock formation in Wisconsin below.

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