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Carancas is an ordinary (H4-5) chondrite that fell in Peru, the afternoon of September 15, 2007. To date, over 340g of material have been recovered.

According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB 93):

A large fireball was witnessed to impact near the community of Carancas, in the province of Chucuito, region of Puno in the country of Peru. It made a sizable impact crater, ~13.8 m in diameter (INGEMMET) or 11-12 m (L. Jackson, CGS). Local residents and many others have recovered numerous pieces of the impactor from the sides of the crater and the surrounding area.

carancasPhoto ⓒ ASU/CMS/Garvie.