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  (Source: RT.com)
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 RT.com 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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RE: tut tut tut
By Amiga500 on 2/15/2013 12:21:28 PM , Rating: 6
It seems there actually was a job that Mr-all-go-no-quit big nuts Harry Stamper couldn't handle...


RE: tut tut tut
By Reclaimer77 on 2/15/2013 12:23:28 PM , Rating: 2
lol I better stop playing this game with you, lest it become apparent how many times I've watched that guilty pleasure :)


RE: tut tut tut
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/15/2013 12:36:38 PM , Rating: 4
"United States government just asked us to save the world. Anybody wanna say no? Well, except you Reclaimer."

;-)


RE: tut tut tut
By Amiga500 on 2/15/2013 12:46:03 PM , Rating: 5
Reclaimer:

"The bloody government are already getting involved in too many things without wanting to rule the roost on asteroids.

It should be Space-X destroying that meteorite. Grrr"

:-D


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