15 Feb 2013

As is well known now, there has been a meteor shower in Russia which has injured up to 1000 at this point from the blast.  The event occurred in Russia's Urals region Friday morning.  The flash and boom shattered glass from windows and injured people in the process.  The explosion was around 9:20 a.m. local time.

As the day has gone on, the number injured has increased.  Most of those hurt are in the Chelyabinsk region, though none with serious injuries.  Around 3,000 buildings have sustained damage, mostly from glass.  20,000 emergency response workers were mobilized. 

This event was not related to asteroid 2012 DA14.  It's believed that a larger meteor broke up and broke into fragments, one of which was reported to be found in a nearby lake.  This event was one of the largest in more than a century, particularly since the Tunguska event of 1908 in Siberia, which leveled trees in a forest but no humans were harmed.

Here are some photos and videos of the event:

 Below is a photo of a hole created in the Chebarkul Lake made by a suspected meteorite fragment.

In this first video you can hear shattering glass and an explosion

 

Source: Nature.com;


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