Meteor Explodes Above Russian Urals, Leaves Nearly 1,000 Injured
February 15, 2013 11:42 AM
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It exploded around 9:20 a.m. local Moscow time
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:
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RE: This meteor didn't explode. The noise was a sonic boom.
2/15/2013 10:01:31 PM
I grew up in an area that was near a Air Force training range and we got sonic booms practically everyday. It would rattle windows and as kids we thought it was cool.
I think that most of what we heard was from F-102s, that were pretty long in the tooth even then. We rarely saw them in the sky, but the booms would give them away even though we could not hear the engines.
This meteor was a completely different aerodynamic profile (if you can call it that) than a plane, moving at literally Mach 40+, so I could imagine that the sonic boom was much more forceful for that reason.
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