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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 augiem on 2/15/2013 5:07:42 PM , Rating: 2
The news reports I read all mentioned the sonic boom. I didn't see any attribute the shattered glass to the shockwave of an explosion.


By ChronoReverse on 2/15/2013 5:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps it's been corrected but most news sources this morning attributed the boom to the explosion rather than the sonic boom (e.g., CNN, National Post)


By augiem on 2/15/2013 7:45:07 PM , Rating: 3
Hmm... Just found this:

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The blast released energy comparable to a 300- to 500-kiloton nuclear warhead, says Bill Cooke, who heads the meteoroid environment office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstville, Ala. By Comparison, the Nagasaki nuclear bomb had a yield of 20 to 22 kilotons.


Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0215/Russian...


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