(Video) Meteorite Crash In Russia’s Ural Mountains Injures nearly 1000, Sparks UFO Fears
Posted by Xeno on February 15, 2013
According to emergency management officials, nearly 1000 people were injured Friday morning in Chelayabinsk, most by flying glass, after a meteorite damaged thousands of buildings.
Image: A circular hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake where a meteor reportedly struck the lake near Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
A meteor streaked across the sky Friday morning over the Ural Mountains, causing large explosions, bright flashes and numerous injuries in southern Russia.
The fragments of the meteor fell in the thinly-populated Chelyabinsk region, located about 930 miles to the east of Moscow. The incident took place around 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT).
Many witnesses reported that the meteor caused a sharp explosion which shook the ground, much like an earthquake. This intense explosion caused many glass windows to shatter and set off car alarms in the Chelyabinsk region.
The weather Friday in Chelyabinsk is cold, with a high temperature of 25ºF, which could make clean-up uncomfortable.
The meteor _ estimated to be about 10 tons _ entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered into pieces about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.
Amateur video showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time, just after sunrise, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.
“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1 million about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow.
“We saw a big burst of light, then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud, thundering sound,” he told The Associated Press by telephone.
No aliens have emerged from the lake… Yet