Updated 21 July 2013
On 21 July 2002, after observation of a brilliant fireball, two loud detonations were heard a few minutes later. Several persons heard the meteorite hit the ground. Upon impact, it fragmented into hundreds of pieces and was scattered among several villages. A total weight of ~7 kg of material was recovered. This meteorite was classified as an LL6 chondrite, brecciated. It has heavy black shock veins and displays quite well.
KOBE, Japan - Witnessed Fall
According to The Meteoritical Bulletin, "A fireball was widely observed in the western prefectures of Kobe City. Shortly after a detonation was heard, one stone was recovered in Tsukushigaoka, Kita-ku, in the northern part of the city. It broke into 20 pieces after penetrating the roof of the house of Ryoichi Hirata; much of the material ended up on a bed." The total mass of this fall was a miniscule 136 grams. Kobe is only the second known fall of a CK4 meteorite (Karoonda being the first). And, aside from Maralinga, all other CK4 meteorites are Antarctica and Desert finds. The Kobe museum purchased the roof section where the meteorite smashed through, and the bedroom ceiling section with the hole; and signed a permanent agreement with the owner to display these sections with the meteorite at the Kobe museum.
In addition to the preceding information, I received further documentation directly from Mr. Dirk Ross, the person who retrieved some of this meteorite. Dirk initially received word of the fall from his students in Kobe. After the police were finished with their crime scene investigation, and the authorities learned it was a meteorite that punched through the roof, Dirk approached the Hirata family about the fall. He learned that the vacuum cleaner used to clean the daughter's bed and surrounding area still retained the bag, which fortunately had not been emptied. He purchased the vacuum cleaner bag, thoroughly inspected the residue and removed several very small fragments. With the exception of less than 2 grams of material, the balance of the meteorite is in museums in Japan, and like most Japanese meteorites, will never be available to collectors. Exceedingly rare and quite expensive, Kobe will be one of the most elusive meteorites to grace any collection. These specimens are all I have for sale. A photocopy of Dirk Ross's hand written information card, which includes his signature, will accompany each specimen.
KOLTSOVO, Russia SOLD
KOSICE, Slovakia - Witnessed Fall
KUNASHAK, Russia - Witnessed Fall
KYUSHU, Japan - Witnessed Fall SOLD
LA CRIOLLA, Argentina - Witnessed Fall SOLD
LAMONT, Kansas - SOLD
LAMPAYRIE, Burkina Faso - Witnessed Fall See OUADANGOU
LANCE, France - Witnessed Fall SOLD
Le TEILLEUL, France - Witnessed Fall TRADED
LEEDEY, OKLAHOMA - Witnessed Fall