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It exploded around 9:20 a.m. local Moscow time

A meteor exploded in the sky above Russia early Friday morning, shattering the glass of thousands of windows and leaving many citizens injured.

The meteor, estimated to be about 10 tons, entered the Earth's atmosphere traveling at 33,000 MPH and exploded around 9:20 a.m. local Moscow time. The explosion occurred over Russia's Urals region about 18-32 miles above the ground.

According to Chelyabinsk health chief Marina Moskvicheva, about 985 people in the city of Chelyabinsk alone required medical assistance. Approximately 110 of them have been hospitalized, and about 159 of the injured were children. This doesn't include other possibly injuries in other cities.

The Emergency Ministry said 20,000 rescue workers have been mobilized.

Vladimir Stepanov of the National Center for Emergency Situations at the Russian Interior Ministry said about 270 buildings have been damaged due to the explosion, where most of it consists of broken glass. Hospitals and schools are some of the buildings affected.

Another report from said 3,000 buildings alone were affected in Chelyabinsk, where shattered window glass measured 100,000 square meters.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos said that one meteroid entered the atmosphere and burned into meteorites that spread across three regions in Russia, including Chelyabinsk. Some were believed to be scattered in neighboring Kazakhstan as well.

Check out this video, which shows the meteor nearing the ground and exploding:

Sources: RT, Huffington Post

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By heffeque on 2/15/2013 12:05:47 PM , Rating: 5
There are quite a few videos on YouTube and... FFFFFck. Also... they seem to be pretty calm about it. If it were the States people would be yelling their lungs out saying "Wow! WTF! Look at that! SoooOOOoo awesome!".

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By Reclaimer77 on 2/15/13, Rating: -1
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By iamezza on 2/15/2013 12:33:02 PM , Rating: 3
I think there should be a ban on stupid comments that try to bring up a political agenda on a completely unrelated topic!

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By ClownPuncher on 2/15/2013 2:12:09 PM , Rating: 1
Just like you Democrats, trying to ban free speech.


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By Cheesew1z69 on 2/15/2013 2:27:00 PM , Rating: 1
Should just be a ban on stupid comments period..

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By Motoman on 2/15/13, Rating: -1
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By kamiller422 on 2/15/13, Rating: -1
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By foolsgambit11 on 2/15/2013 2:38:54 PM , Rating: 5
Either that, or they'd declare a War on Space, and launch a shock and awe campaign against the asteroid belt, which has been harboring meteors for years.

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By arazok on 2/15/2013 3:58:12 PM , Rating: 3
That’s pretty funny.

I also heard that N Korea claimed it was their newest weapon. Iran photoshopped it with their flag on it, and Putin said he destroyed it with his mind.

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By Mitch101 on 2/15/2013 10:10:44 PM , Rating: 2
Ancient alien theorists believe the meteor story was a cover up for destroying an alien space ship over russian soil.

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By spamreader1 on 2/15/2013 2:54:53 PM , Rating: 2
or banning windows...

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By Donkey2008 on 2/16/2013 4:54:17 PM , Rating: 1
If it were in the States, Democrats would already be exploiting the injured trying to pass a law banning meteors.

Says the nerd who has probably never fired, let alone held, a gun in his life.

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By ClownPuncher on 2/15/2013 12:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
That's because Russians are Russian.

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By CaedenV on 2/15/2013 2:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
In soviet Russia the people explode meteors. Russians are not afraid of large explosives.

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By MrBlastman on 2/15/13, Rating: 0
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