Asteroid 2012 DA14 Google Doodle Pulled After Meteor Blast

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You won’t be seeing an animated Google Doodle meant to coincide with the passing of Asteroid 2012 DA14 on Google's home page today. The Doodle, which you can see above, was pulled after hundreds of injuries were reported in Russia due to a meteor blast.

NBC News described the meteor blast as “an atomic bomb-sized shock wave” that hurt nearly a thousand people and blew out windows.

In the simple animated logo, the lower case blue “g” notices something coming from above and hops out of the way just in time to let the asteroid safely fly through its vacated spot.

“Out of respect for those injured in the extraordinary meteor shower in Russia earlier today, we have removed today’s doodle from the Google homepage,” a Google spokesperson told ABC News. “The doodle was created to mark Asteroid 2012 DA14 passing Earth.”

The logo can still be found on Google’s site here.

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Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.