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Meteorite exploded over the Skies of Russia;left more than 500 injured

Feb 16, 2013 10:53 IST

The meteorite that weighed around 10 tonnes entered the earth’s atmosphere over Siberia above the skies of Ural Mountains on 15 February 2013. The meteorite that travelled at a speed of 15 to 20 kilometer per second created a panic kind of situation and resulted into shockwaves that blasted windows and rocked buildings. Russian Emergency Situations Ministry declared that the shockwaves injured around 500 people out of which 84 were children.

The meteorite exploded itself into small fragments at a distance of about 50 kilometers from earth surface. Fragments of the meteorite effected several regions of Siberia and Kazakhstan, with Chelyabinsk, the industrial city of Russia. Three areas that suffered effects of meteorite and among them one included a crater of six meter near Lake Chebarkul. The meteorite was preceded the Asteroid 2012 DA14 that crossed over the skies of Indonesia and other parts of Asia.

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