Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,100 injured


Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 1:00 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — Some Russians thought it was the end of the world.

In fact, it was just the end of a meteor that exploded some 20 to 30 miles above the ground today, over the Ural Mountains.

About 1,100 people were injured, many by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what had caused the flash of light. The shock wave from the meteor caused windows to shatter in thousands of buildings.

A resident of a city of about 1 million people says, 'There was panic. People had no idea what was happening." He says there was "a big burst of light" followed by a "really loud, thundering sound."

Another resident says some elderly women started crying out that the world was ending.

Scientists say the meteor released several kilotons of energy above the region. They say it was probably about six and a half feet across, about the size of an SUV.

City officials say the shock wave blew in an estimated one million square feet of glass. They say 3,000 buildings in the city were damaged. At a zinc factory, part of the roof collapsed.

There's no word of any deaths, or anyone struck by fragments of the meteor.

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186-a-16-(Alan Harris, professor, German Aerospace Centre, Institute of Planetary Research Management and Infrastructure, in AP interview)-"wouldn't notice it"-Meteor expert Alan Harris of the German Aerospace Center says most meteors that hit Earth go unnoticed. (15 Feb 2013)

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184-c-18-(Vladimir Isachenkov (ee-sah-CHEHN'-kawf), AP correspondent)-"not so often"-AP correspondent Vladimir Isachenkov reports the meteor released several kilotons of energy above the Ural Mountains. (15 Feb 2013)

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185-c-16-(Vladimir Isachenkov (ee-sah-CHEHN'-kawf), AP correspondent)-"expect another meteor"-AP correspondent Vladimir Isachenkov reports the meteor explosion sparked a huge response from the frightened Russian public. (15 Feb 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: A meteorite contrail is seen from a a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region, Russia, on texture, partial graphic (15 Feb 2013)

APPHOTO MOSB109: In this photo provided by a meteorite contrail is seen over a vilage of Bolshoe Sidelnikovo 50 km of Chelyabinsk on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (AP Photo/ Nadezhda Luchinina, (15 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO MOSB114: A circular hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake where a meteor reportedly struck the lake near Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people. (AP Photo) (15 Feb 2013)

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