Meteorite Falls in Russia: Meteorite explosion in Russian Urals hurts over 750 (Video)

By on Feb 15, 2013 in Russia, Science, World Comments
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A meteorite falls over the Ural mountains in Russia on Friday, February 15, 2013 according to a report by the Russian Academy of Sciences. Military spokesman Yaroslavl Roshchupki said that the meteorite created a six-meter-wide (20-foot-wide) crater . (See the video of the meteorite below)

The meteorite reportedly streaked over the Russian sky and exploded like an atom bomb during touchdown. It shattered windows and 758 people reportedly seek treatment for glass cuts.

In a statement by the Russian Academy of Sciences, they explained that the 10-ton meteorite “entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground.” The Academy added that the meteorite released several kilotons of energy above the Chelyabinsk region.

Authorities in the city of Chelyabinsk said that the meteorite explosion destroyed about 100,000 square meters of glass and damaged 3,000 buildings that include a zinc factory with a collapsed roof.

The European Space Agency clarified that the meteorite is not related to the asteroid 2012 DA14 that passed the Earth at 17,150 miles on Thursday.

As of posting, there were no related injuries caused by meteorite fragments.

Below is an amateur video that captured the streaking meteorite that falls over the Russian Urals.



Meteorite crash in Russia: Video of meteorite explosion that stirred panic in Urals region
Credit: RussiaToday/YouTube



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