Meteor explodes over Russian Urals

• A meteor or meteors entered the atmosphere over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk 15th Feb 2013 and exploded in the sky, generating a shock wave that injured an estimated 950 people and damaged buildings. Itar-Nass news agency also reported damage in the nearby town of Cherbakul, where the military said a 20ft (6m) wide crater was found. Chelyabinsk is a city of about 1.1m people situated about 1,100 miles east of Moscow.

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The unusual event was captured in many videos shot from cars and surveillance cameras. Videos show a blinding brightness, a dazzling object moving with astonishing speed and a long contrail. The Russian Academy of Sciences says the meteor weighed 10000 tons and entered the earth’s atmosphere at a speed of at least 33,000mph (54,000kph) and shattered between 18 and 32 miles above ground.


The shockwave from the explosion when the meteor entered the earth’s atmosphere smashed windows, buckled shop fronts, set off car alarms and took out mobile phone signals. A wall was damaged at the Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant but there was no environmental threat.

Stony Meteorite

While some 9,000 people have been helping in the clear-up and rescue operation, scientists have been concentrating their search for fragments of the rock around Chebarkul Lake, where a 6m (20ft) wide crater had been found following the strike.


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