Friday, February 15, 2013

Meteorite fragment hit the world: injured over 1200 in Russian Urals

Ural Meteorite flash
A meteorite fragment flashed Russian Sky over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning and fell in the Chelyabinsk region about 1500 km east Moscow. The exploded piece injured around 1200 people.

Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions. Later the number stands more than 1200. Still going on the investigation of total damage it caused.

Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.

Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite.

The ministry also said some fragments fell near the town of Satka, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) from the regional capital city of Chelyabinsk.

Should we prepare for a big one?

The tail of meteorite left behind in the Ural, Rassian sky.