Meteorite hits Russia, injures 1,200 people

Meteorite hits Russia, injures 1,200 people

12:45 PM, 19th February 2013
Meteorite hits Russia, injures 1,200 people
The trail of a falling object is seen above the Urals city of Chelyabinsk.

 

SIBERIA, RUSSIA: A meteorite streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on 15 February 2013, raining fireballs over a vast area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured 1,200 people. The fireball, travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second according to Russian space agency Roscosmos, had blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail that could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away.

According to Dmitry Kachkalin, Member of the Russian Society, the chunks could be worth up to $2,200 per gram, more than 40 times the current cost of gold.

© Reuters News

 

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