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Meteor Hits Russia

15. February 2013 by Lorena 0 Comments

If their morning coffee didn’t wake them up, Russians in the Chelyabinsk area sure were awake after this:


At a little after 9 this morning, a meteor streaked across the sky in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Witnesses say that they saw a bright light, like being blinded by headlights, followed by an explosion and earth tremors. The fireball could be seen from as far as 125 miles away in Yekaterinburg.


Windows are broken and frames of buildings were warped by what officials say was a sonic boom caused by the meteor shower. Over 500 people have been treated for injuries, mostly from breaking glass. About 100 of those injured have been admitted to hospitals for observation. No deaths have been attributed to the meteor shower.


Some scientists think that the meteor was related to the asteroid 2012 DA14. The asteroid, which is the size of an American football field, is currently passing just 17,100 miles away from Earth; this is closer than many man-made satellites. The asteroid will be visible from Africa, Europe, Asia and parts of Australia today. 


Events of this type are extremely rare; officials say that there has never been a meteor strike in this area. However, in 1908, a meteor shower in Siberia rained debris over 1,250 miles and breaking windows over 125 miles from the point of impact.


Russia Times posted video captured by Russian drivers' dash cams:


Photo: Reuters