Meteorite Hits Russia


Meteorite Hits Russia, Causing Panic


MOSCOW—A flaming meteorite plunged to earth in Russia’s Ural Mountains Friday, smashing windows and injuring around 500 people.

Amateur videos broadcast on state television showed an object streaking across the sky around 9:20 a.m. local time before bursting into a fireball. Residents in the city of Chelyabinsk, the largest in the affected region, described a shock wave from the meteorite that blew in doors and smashed glass.

« There was a bright flash and three or four seconds later the building shook as if from an explosion, » said a woman who answered the phone at the city administration but declined to give her name. « Many people were cut by glass. We didn’t understand what was happening. We thought an airplane had come down. »

The Emergency Situations Ministry said around 500 people requested medical attention, mostly for cuts. Roughly 100 people were hospitalized with injuries. Around 300 buildings were damaged by the blast, which blew a hole in the walls of a metals factory in Chelyabinsk, approximately 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow.

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