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Meteor explodes over Russia, more than 1,000 injured

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 15, 2013 at 6:49 a.m. Updated February 15, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.

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In this photo provided by Chelyabinsk.ru, a meteorite contrail is seen over 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 hundreds of people, including many hurt by broken glass.

Meteor explodes over Russia; nearly 1,000 hurt

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atom...

— 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 about 1,100 people.

The spectacle deeply frightened many Russians, with some elderly women declaring that the world was coming to an end. Many of the injured were cut by flying glass as they flocked to windows, curious about what had produced such a blinding flash of light.

The meteor — estimated to be about 10 tons — entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph and shattered into pieces about 18-32 miles above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time, just after sunrise, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

The meteor released several kilotons of energy above the Chelyabinsk region, the science academy said. The shock wave blew in an estimated more than 1 million square feet of glass, according to city officials.

“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1 million about 930 miles east of Moscow.

“We saw a big burst of light, then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud, thundering sound,” he said by telephone.

The meteor hit less than a day before Asteroid 2012DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid to the Earth — about 17,150 miles. But the European Space Agency in a tweet said its experts had determined there was no connection — just cosmic coincidence.

The Interior Ministry said about 1,100 people sought medical care after the shock wave and 48 of them were hospitalized. Most of the injuries were caused by flying glass, officials said.

There was no immediate word on any deaths or anyone struck by space fragments.

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rbelv_aol.com says... February 15, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.

Thank God the Cold War is over or they would have thought it was a nuclear strike! Can you imagine if it had fallen in the Rockies or Sierra Nevadas!!!'n

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edo1962 says... February 15, 2013 at 7:50 a.m.

Where is Bruce Willis, when you need him?

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1soni says... February 15, 2013 at 8 a.m.

Unconfirmed reports that one of the meteorites has landed in Grover's Mill... (I'm glad there are no reports of serious injury yet)

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LR1955 says... February 15, 2013 at 8:08 a.m.

Learned that Russians listen to techno dance pop music. Great video!

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NOTAGAIN says... February 15, 2013 at 8:32 a.m.

More to come........

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cliffcarson says... February 15, 2013 at 8:33 a.m.

CNN is reporting that the injured is about 1,000 now. Just think of the one that blew up over Russia in 1906, if one that size should ever blow up over say New York City, the loss of life would be devastating. The scary thing about this one over Russia last night was that it was undetected until it hit the atmosphere.
All interest has been on the one that is scheduled to pass close by the earth today. It is probably a thousand times larger that what blew up last night over Russia.

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grams212 says... February 15, 2013 at 11:42 a.m.

I beg your pardon.....I bet it was not ONLY some "elderly" women!!!!! That is a discrimatory statement!!!!! :0)

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PenLR says... February 15, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.

My elderly mother says the world is ending every other day. Gasoline prices are up- the world is ending, gas is down, some bill passed, some bill didn't, a tornado went through, it's flu season, there's a spinach recall, the world is ending.

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Coralie says... February 15, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.

I'm 82, is your mother older than I am?
I recently published a book (both hard copy and last year a revised edition online) listing some of the ways we humans can survive--and thrive.
However there are days when I wonder if it's worth it.
Americans are so dumbed down.

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Coralie says... February 16, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.

This country's political system is more dysfunctional than I have ever seen it in my 65+ years of being aware of such things.
Older people who depend on Social Security and Medicare may well get stressed out by these constant budget confrontations, and by those who push the idea that Social Security is an "entitlement." They fear the idea that Social Security may be cut despite the fact that it has not contributed to recent deficits at all.

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