A meteor crashed over Russia’s Chelyabinsk region, causing explosions that injured hundreds of people and frightened countless more!
Flaming meteorites crashed to the earth 15.February after a 10-ton meteor exploded in the sky, injuring thousands and reportedly prompting fears of an alien invasion.
Witnesses described how buildings shook, glass shattered and cell phones and Internet connections stopped working in the early-morning incident. Amateur footage was also posted of an object causing windows to break before crashing into a wall at a zinc factory. All injuries were thought to be mainly due to broken glass, and initial radiation levels were reported as normal. Testing will continue throughout the day, though, officials said.
Russia Today published unconfirmed reports that the meteor was blown to pieces by a missile salvo from an air-defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk while at an altitude of 20 km. The channel also said some onlookers thought a UFO was responsible for the spectacle, but both reports were widely thought to be false.Russia’s Emergency Ministry reported that 20,000 rescue workers were operating in the area to help alleviate any impact from the incident, and three aircraft were surveying the area to prioritize efforts. “According to preliminary data, the flashes seen over the Urals were caused by [a] meteorite shower,” the Emergency Ministry told Itar-Tass news agency.
NASA experts think the meteor weighed about 10,000 tons and was travelling 40,000 mph (64,373 km/h) when it exploded.