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Published On: Fri, Feb 15th, 2013

Meterorite strikes Russia, injures over 700, damages buildings, air defense failed VIDEO PHOTOS

Russia’s Urals region has been rocked by a meteorite explosion in the stratosphere. The impact wave damaged several buildings, and blew out thousands of windows amid frigid winter weather. Hundreds are seeking medical attention for minor injuries.

Impact photo - Russia air missle hits meteorite photo supplied

Impact photo – Russia air missle hits meteorite photo supplied

The Russian  air defense units operating in “high alert” status, and located at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk, hit the meteorite which may or may not have made the crisis worse.

Army units found three meteorite debris impact sites, two of which are in an area near Chebarkul Lake, west of Chelyabinsk. The third site was found some 80 kilometers further to the northwest, near the town of Zlatoust. One of the fragments that struck near Chebarkul left a crater six meters in diameter.

Servicemembers from the tank brigade that found the crater have confirmed that background radiation levels at the site are normal.

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 Russian space agency Roskosmos has confirmed the object that crashed in the Chelyabinsk region is a meteorite:

“According to preliminary estimates, this space object is of non-technogenic origin and qualifies as a meteorite. It was moving at a low trajectory with a speed of about 30 km/s.”

According to estimates by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the space object weighed about 10 tons before entering Earth’s atmosphere.

As of 15:00 Moscow time, 725 people have sought medical attention in Chelyabinsk alone because of the disaster, 112 of whom have been hospitalized, of them two in heavy condition. Among the injured there are 159 children, Emergency ministry reported.

A hole in Chebarkul Lake made by meteorite debris. Photo by Chebarkul town head Andrey Orlov.

A hole in Chebarkul Lake made by meteorite debris. Photo by Chebarkul town head Andrey Orlov.

Local zinc factory was damaged the severest, some of its walls collapsing (Photo from Twitter.com user @TimurKhorev)

Local zinc factory was damaged the severest, some of its walls collapsing (Photo from Twitter.com user @TimurKhorev)

 

Still from YouTube video/fed potapow

Still from YouTube video/fed potapow

 

Screenshot from YouTube user Gregor Grimm

Screenshot from YouTube user Gregor Grimm

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    […] Russian rock hunters have struck out on their own to find fragments of the meteorite that exploded in the sky over Chelyabinsk on Friday morning, amid reports that pieces are fetching as much $10,000. (initial report here) […]

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    […] Current reports claim over 900 were injured, well over 100 hospitalized and a couple in critical condition. […]

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