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Meteorites Slam Into Russia, Injure 1000

Posted 2/15/2013 10:30 am by
This is what a 10-ton meteor looks like.

This is what a 10-ton meteor looks like.

If there’s ever a country where people are immune to strange things, it’s Russia.  From purple snow to the expected crazy videos captured by the ubiquitous dash cameras in the country’s automobiles, Russians are a hearty people basically immune to fear.  However, it’s not every day that space tries to kill you.  Meteorites struck a Russian town in the Ural Mountains, injuring 1000 people and breaking a million square feet of glass with sonic booms and impact strikes.  Here’s a video montage of the strike as compilied by Russia Today.

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“There was panic.  People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow and the center of Russia’s nuclear weapons industry in Soviet times.  “We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound.”

The meteor weighed an estimated 10 tons until it broke up between 18 and 33 miles high in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk.  The meteor fragmented with the force of a multi-kiloton atomic bomb.  Hence all the damage.  Fortunately, the meteor broke up, because if it hadn’t, the damage would have been a lot worse and there might not even be a Chelyabinsk to clean up and return to normal.

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