Meteor struck Russia injuring 500

At 0320 GMT a meteor was seen streaking across the sky leaving a long white trail above Russia’s Ural Mountains, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 500 people. Fragments of the meteor fell in the thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region. The meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over the industrial city of Chelyabinsk, 1500 km east of Moscow, sending fireballs crashing to Earth, shattering windows and damaging buildings.
Postal service said several of its buildings had been damaged while the stadium of Chelyabinsk’s Tractor ice hockey side was also hit, forcing the cancellation of a match.

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Meteor strike Russia

Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 am local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash. Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said the meteorite was travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second and that such event are hard to predict.
People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave. The explosion created a sonic boom which damaged glass window panes and even buildings. The falling debris however didn’t hit anyone but have caused damages to buildings and a potion of a zinc factory. Postal service said several of its buildings had been damaged while the stadium of Chelyabinsk’s Tractor ice hockey side was also hit, forcing the cancellation of a match. Car alarms went off, windows shattered and mobile phone networks were interrupted. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said, 514 people had sought medical help, mainly for light injuries caused by flying glass, 112 of those were kept in hospital, and conditions of 14 are serious.
The extraordinary event brought morning traffic to a sudden halt in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk as shocked drivers stopped to watch the falling meteor partially burning up in the lower atmosphere and light up the sky.
It was not clear if the meteor’s entry into the atmosphere was linked to the asteroid 2012 DA 14 which is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) above the Earth later Friday in an unusually close approach.

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