Meteorite hits Russia: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, 400 injured
According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.
ÂA meteorite is a solid piece of debris from space objects such as asteroids or comets, ranging in size from tiny to gigantic.
When a meteorite falls on Earth, passing through the atmosphere causes it to heat up and emit a trail of light, forming a fireball known as a meteor, or shooting or falling star.
A bright flash was seen in the Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, Russiaâ€™s Republic of Bashkiria and in northern Kazakhstan.
Over 400 people sought medical attention as a result of the incident, according to the Russian Interior Ministry. No serious injuries have been reported, with most of the injuries caused by broken glass and minor concussions.
Lifenews tabloid said that at least one piece of the fallen object caused damage on the ground in Chelyabinsk. According to preliminary reports, it crashed into a wall near a zinc factory, disrupting the city's Internet and mobile service.
The Emergency Ministry reported that 20,000 rescue workers are operating in the region. Three aircraft were deployed to survey the area and locate other possible impact locations.
Witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it seemed like an earthquake and thunder had struck at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth.
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The Emergency Ministry reported that no civil aircraft were damaged by the meteorite shower, and that "all flights proceed according to schedule." No local power stations were damaged, either. Residents of the town of Emanzhilinsk, some 50 kilometers from Chelyabinsk, said they witnessed a flying object that suddenly burst into flames, broke apart...
( via rt.com )
Michael777 wrote February 16, 2013 2:57:25 AM CET
I love how they try to claim the "defense department intercepted the object"... Yeah sure they did. Intercepted it with radar perhaps, but they didn't destroy it or break it up with any "missile salvo", and i doubt they have anything close to what would be needed to do so, even for something as small as this 'ten tonne' object..
bell02 wrote February 15, 2013 3:39:25 PM CET
970 INJURED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DmoniX_The_Destroyer wrote February 15, 2013 10:26:08 AM CET
Wow, there's some great footage! Quick everyone panic!!!