USA TODAY: Meteorite crashes in Russia


MOSCOW – Russians say a meteor that exploded above the central Ural Mountains on Friday and injured hundreds of people looked like a nuclear blast out of a movie.

“I woke up hearing a blast. It felt like the whole building jumped up,” said Igor Chudnovsky, a commercial director in the town of Chelyabinsk. “I saw a light, it looked like it was from a nuclear explosion, like I had seen in documentaries.”

As many as 1,000 people say they were hurt by glass that shattered from the sonic wave created by the explosion of the 11-ton meteor, Russia’s Emergency Ministry said.

Fragments of the meteorite crashed over a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region about 900 miles east of Moscow near the border of Kasakhstan. People in six cities reported damage to their homes, according to reports in RIA Novosti, the Russian state news agency.

Most of the wounded received treatment for minor cuts from broken glass, Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said.

Large holes were found in the ice of frozen lakes. Kolsenikov also said about 6,000 square feet of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.





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