WATCH: Meteorites Crash in Russia

In scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster, a series of explosions rocked the skies above the Urals, injuring hundreds and prompting fears of an alien invasion.

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Flaming meteorites crashed to the earth Feb. 15 after a 10-ton meteor exploded in the sky, injuring hundreds and reportedly prompting fears of an alien invasion.

In scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster, a series of explosions rocked the skies above the Ural Mountains and sparked panic in three major Russian cities, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen’. The health chief in Chelyabinsk told the Associated Press that 985 people sought medical attention after meteorites slammed into a region of Central Russia, and 43 were reportedly hospitalized with minor injuries.

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Witnesses described how buildings shook, glass shattered and cell phones and Internet connections stopped working in the early-morning incident. Amateur footage was also posted of an object causing windows to break before crashing into a wall at a zinc factory. All injuries were thought to be mainly due to broken glass, and initial radiation levels were reported as normal. Testing will continue throughout the day, though, officials said.

The Russian Academy of Sciences estimates the meteor weighed roughly 10 tons. In a statement, the academy said the meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of at least 33,000 m.p.h. (54,000 km/h) and shattered about 18 to 32 miles (30–50 km) above ground. The Chelyabinsk region is located 930 miles (1,500 km) east of Moscow; it is a populous region known for its mineral deposits and heavy industry.

Russia Today published unconfirmed reports that the meteor was blown to pieces by a missile salvo from an air-defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk while at an altitude of 20 km. The channel also said some onlookers thought a UFO was responsible for the spectacle, but both reports were widely thought to be false.

Russia’s Emergency Ministry reported that 20,000 rescue workers were operating in the area to help alleviate any impact from the incident, and three aircraft were surveying the area to prioritize efforts. “According to preliminary data, the flashes seen over the Urals were caused by [a] meteorite shower,” the Emergency Ministry told Itar-Tass news agency.

Chelyabinsk regional authority published a message on its website that urged residents to pick up their children from school and remain at home.

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34 comments
StanislavStanislav
StanislavStanislav

I am a resident of Chelyabinsk.
According to the calculations of the meteorite fell near the town of Karabash, Chelyabinsk region.
Reporters told false information for the "distraction."
No one wants to inspect the territory from the air.
Photos from 7 surveillance aircraft are classified.
Photo available contrail from 32,000 feet.

RAYMONDMURDOCK
RAYMONDMURDOCK

Se sabrá realmente la verdad. Que objeto realmente cayo. O bien era parte de esa estación que tanto se temía que se desprendiera y cayera ocasionando destrozos. Hay jurisprudencia al respecto? O es mejor echarle la culpa a un cuerpo extraño como meteoro, asteroide,etc. Para evitar una lluvia de juicios que a nadie le conviene...mientras no seas el perjudicado? Mientras la historia recién comienza. La pregunta del millón como será el próximo capitulo de esta ficción que se manifiesta de una forma más contundente y peligrosa de la mano del hombre y sus consecuencias...?

RAYMONDMURDOCK
RAYMONDMURDOCK

It will really know the truth. That object really fell. Or was part of that station much-feared that becomes detached and fall causing damage. There is case law? Or is it better to blame a foreign body as a meteor, asteroid, etc. To avoid a flurry of lawsuits that nobody should be ... until the injured? While the story has just begun. The big question what will be the next chapter of this fiction that manifests in a more forceful and dangerous of human hands and its consequences ...? Raymond Murdock- Journalista Independent

sirfur61
sirfur61

Where is the caring and compassion towards the victims??? Bible quotes threatening more doom and gloom aren't going to give comfort to victims...what a warped way of promoting your beliefs,,I would warm far more to words of comfort and hope!!

PapaFoote
PapaFoote

THIS IS "REAL" - NOT SOME "MYTH", THAT "SOME MINDS" STILL DON'T "UNDERSTAND"!

IT IS "REAL TIME" FOLKS - WE NEED THE "DOUBTERS" TO  EITHER CHANGE THEIR MINDS, OR SHUT UP!

The Old Mountain Goat

PlumbLine
PlumbLine

A warning shot off the bow.....

The Bible in Revelations warns us of a huge Asteroid that will hit earth during the Great Tribulation period that is coming........Turn from sin and Trust in Jesus today...........He will come into your heart if you sincerely ask Him, by giving you the Holy Spirit and Eternal Life..

............Revelation8: 8-11........8 The second angel blew his trumpet. Then something that looked like a big mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea. And a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the created beings in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. 10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter..............................

mtngoatjoe
mtngoatjoe

That second (or third) video made it look like the meteor was headed right for the car. Incredible!

Chelovek
Chelovek

Никакого предупреждения о предстоящем НЕ БЫЛО!!! не верьте официальным заявлениям. дымный шлейф, ярчайшая вспышка, спустя некоторое время сильнейший акустический удар - минимум 3-5 сильных взрывов. Во многих зданиях выбиты окна и рамы. Перебоя с интернет не было, но сотовая связь почти не работала, возможно из-за перегрузки сети. Нас заставляют думать официальные СМИ, что это был метеорит... Но думающие люди уже давно критично воспринимают официфальные СМИ...

austin87j
austin87j

If this were an actual emergency I hope that we can all learn how to react from our comrade who posted the top video:  haul ass around town at dangerous levels of speed blasting techno and holding a cell phone camera with your other hand.

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

So a "meteor" slams into a "zinc factory" huh?  Sounds very Cold War to me.

TrajanSaldana
TrajanSaldana

Always in Russia. I'm curious: Why is it so many people in Russia have dash mounted cams in their personal vehicles?

Rachel421
Rachel421

Uh, Time, you know we just had an asteroid half the size of a football field get close enough to us that it actually flew under our satellites.  Good journalism would have included mentioning this - and reporting if there's any possibility that asteroid is related to this one.  It all seems a bit coincidental to me.

lurch
lurch

That looked so scary. Glad no deaths reported so far.

fallinsfree
fallinsfree

the driver's (lack of) reaction is priceless..!! xD like nothing strange ever even transpired!! wtf?! "oh, that thing.." yawn. xDD

MailyCyrus
MailyCyrus

Just wondering if the Russians had put their nuclear ICBM's on pre-launch standby alert status during this incident and then stood down after it was verified that it was a meteorite. We'll never know. 

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breindrein
breindrein

holy crap. poop in the pants material.