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Friday, February 15, 2013

Over 400 injured in Russia following reported meteorite fall

From Wikipedia: 2013 Russian meteor event

 The 2013 Russian meteor event took place on around 9:15 in the morning on Friday the 15th of February 2013 over Southern Ural, Russia. At least one object streaked across the early morning sky and shattered 10 km over the city of Chelyabinsk. The event has reportedly injured at least 400 people, mostly due to broken glass and rocked buildings.

 Local residents said they witnessed extremely bright burning objects in the sky of the Chelyabinsk, Sverdlovsk and Orenburg regions. Amateur videos show what appears to be a fireball streaking across the sky, and a loud boom afterwards. At times the object was so bright that it cast shadows. Up to 400 people were reported injured by the meteor, mainly from broken glass caused by the shock wave. According to a spokesman of the Russian Interior Ministry, no one was injured seriously. About 600 m² of a roof at a zinc factory collapsed, the Associated Press quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying.

The event coincided with the close approach to earth of the Asteroid 2012 DA14 but astronomer Phil Plait said it was unlikely to be related since the objects were travelling in different directions.


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