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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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By Goty on 2/15/2013 2:17:43 PM , Rating: -1
Resident astronomer here: we still call that exploding.


By 91TTZ on 2/15/2013 2:46:45 PM , Rating: 3
Traveling supersonic is exploding? So the Concorde exploded overhead in my video? Those Brazilian Mirages exploded?


By ChronoReverse on 2/15/2013 2:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
The meteor broke up and maybe astronomers call that "exploding" but the point made here was that the "boom" wasn't the sound of the breakup/explosion but rather just the sonic boom of a large massively hypersonic object.


By geddarkstorm on 2/15/2013 5:10:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the meteor breaking into fragments like that is called exploding in astronomy, that is the correct term/description for the event.

Gotta get used to jargon and not over think jargon vs. common usage of words.


By johnsmith9875 on 2/16/2013 4:19:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well if the meteor was made of a mix of carbon dioxide snow, ice and rock, then definitely it would explode because the internal pressures from the heated steam would make it literally explode.


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