Updates: Videos Show Meteorite Shower Hitting Russia

By Newsroom America Staff at 15 Feb 2013

(Newsroom America)-- A large meteor has hit the Chelyabinsk Region of Russia in the Ural Mountains, with many people injured by flying glass near the impact site.

Reports indicate a large meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk east of the Ural mountains about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow.

Astronomer Phil Plait says it appeared to be a "very big" meteor which gave off a very bright fireball and a sonic boom.

Various reports said up to 400 people have been injured, mainly by shattering glass.

Mr Plait said the "explosion" heard in videos such as the one below was "almost certainly" from the shock wave of the meteoroid, and not from it exploding or hitting the ground.

A spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry, Vadim Kolesnikov, told the Associated Press that the meteor resulted in an explosion and sonic boom that broke windows, with the force of the shockwave shown in the video below.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted the local office of the national emergencies ministry as saying a meteorite disintegrated above the Urals, partially burning up in the lower atmosphere."

A statement from the ministry reportedly said "numerous calls of panic" had been received.

"Fragments of the meteorite reached Earth, falling in sparsely populated areas in the Chelyabinsk region," it said.

Russia Television has published this video below purporting to be within the meteorite impact site, a Zinc factory which had a wall damaged with windows blown out.

The BBC said people in the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions reported seeing "burning objects" in the sky.as saying the meteor shower shattered windows and caused injuries.

Hoaxes quickly appeared on the Internet also, such as the footage below of a "flaming crater" that is actually very old footage of a flaming pit in Turkmenistan called "The Door to Hell".

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