Meteor shower strikes Russia

Yahoo!7 and Reuters, Yahoo!7 February 15, 2013, 6:07 pm

Large meteor fragments fell from the Russian sky east of Moscow on Friday, causing sharp explosions and reports of injuries and damage.

A spokeswoman for Russia’s Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, told the Interfax news agency it was a single meteorite.

Some footage taken by residents shows a bright tail arching across the sky.

Other videos capture a loud blast as the meteor fragments made impact.

The ministry told AP that some fragments fell near the town of Satka, about 200 kilometers from the regional capital city of Chelyabinsk.

The ministry said it was investigating reports by citizens of injuries and damage.

Israeli website Ynetnews reported that 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions.

About 600 square meters of a roof at a zinc factory also collapsed, according to Ynetnews, and witnesses recanted hearing loud explosions which led to panic among residents in the lightly-populated region.

A Reuters witness in Chelyabinsk reported hearing a huge blast early in the morning and feeling a shockwave in a 19-storey building in the town centre.

The sounds of car alarms and breaking windows could be heard in the area, the witness said, and mobile phones were working intermittently.

"Preliminary indications are that it was a meteorite rain," an emergency official told RIA-Novosti. "We have information about a blast at 10,000-meter (32,800-foot) altitude. It is being verified."

The trace from a falling object could be seen in Yekaterinburg, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) southeast of Chelyabinsk, another Reuters witness said.

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  1. Darryl06:52pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    You're a very sad puppie Roderick. If that is your greatest desire one might suggest you have already had more than enough weed. You and any others in your situation are a very good advertisment for Euthenasia.

  2. Roderick06:50pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    perhaps a pocket full of long life weed cookies,always good for a spot of space travel,i find

  3. Russell Hayden06:42pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    @ Roderick, the only hit you would get would be your last, some planet.

  4. Roderick06:41pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    yep,all giggles till ya crash and burn.\

  5. Kellie-ann06:41pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    yeh wow. seeing this i remember the time's that i have personally seen about 6 of them myself scince 1991 and thay all were roughly the size of a basketball and thay were about double the distance of the one filmed and odly thay did not come down at the same angle as the one filmed, the ones i saw came straight vertically down and i saw them all at night and while travelling on the highway of somewhere betwenn say adelaide to sydney,ect. sure is something to see.

  6. Russell Hayden06:40pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    @ Roderick, how would you light it? There is no oxygen out there, what a waste.

  7. Russell Hayden06:39pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The Day of the Trifids.

  8. Roderick06:39pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I would love to live on a meteorite by myself,with some weed.

  9. Brian06:36pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They're here.