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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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RE: It's a good thing...
By Amiga500 on 2/15/2013 7:04:11 PM , Rating: 2
Who gives a sh!t if we can just track it.

It is actually being able to do something about it that counts!

RE: It's a good thing...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/15/2013 7:09:40 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't it be awesome if we were the only ones who could do something about it?

Think about it!

"Oh you want to keep testing nukes North Korea? Okay sure, fine. Oh by the way a 3 mile wide asteroid is going to impact your nation in six months. Unfortunately our Orbital Defense Grid will be down for ummm maintenance, yeah maintenance, that week. Have a good life!"

RE: It's a good thing...
By drycrust3 on 2/16/2013 1:32:07 PM , Rating: 2
Oh by the way a 3 mile wide asteroid is going to impact your nation in six months.

This does raise a moral issue, which is we now, for the first time in recorded history, have the ability to determine where an asteroid might hit, so if the area of impact was calculated to be a major population centre, say New York, Tehran, Calcutta, etc, would the rest of the world put in some effort to evacuate the population from that city and accommodate them? Or say the area of impact was larger, say it was quarter of the earth's surface e.g. the whole of North America, or the whole of Europe, or the whole of Africa, would we just shrug our shoulders and say "Not my problem" or actually do something other than help just the rich and powerful escape the immediate blast?

RE: It's a good thing...
By Skywalker123 on 2/16/2013 5:41:11 PM , Rating: 1
an impact crater of only a few hundred miles, much less a continent size crater would destroy much if not all life on the planet, so, no worries there.

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