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Published on February 15th, 2013 | by Kennedy Ray
(Videos) Meteor Hits Russia: Russian Meteor Live Blog, Photos
Breaking News: Meteor Shower hits Russia over the Urals, Meteorite falls in lake. The shock wave knocked out windows in homes and buildings. The number of victims in the Chelyabinsk region is currently exeeding 500 people. Watch the Video, see photos – Live Blogging.
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Friday, at about 9:20 AM local time, a meteor shower exploded in the sky over the Chelyabinsk region. Residents reported a blazing trail in the sky trail, and then there was an explosion that “revealed the sun” “I was teaching physical education in kindergarten and saw the blazing trail through the window in the sky and then there was a bright flash” said Chelyabinsk resident Ludmila Belkova
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6:19 AM EST: 725 injured people needed medical care in Chelyabinsk from falling debris of the meteorite according to the official website of the city administration.
5:51 AM EST: Russian President Vladimir Putin gave orders to Emergency Minister Vladimir Puchkov to provide the necessary assistance to people affected by the meteorite in the Urals, according to Interfax news. President Putin stated that everything must be done to provide immediate help to the victims and objectively assess the damage caused by the Meteor.
5:48 AM EST: Russian military discovers 6-meter crater from Urals meteorite.
5:46 AM EST: Three Fragments of Meteorite found on crash Site. “At this point in the operative staff has been informed about the discovery of three meteorite fragments.” Two fragments were found in the Chebarkulsky Chelyabinsk region, another in the Zlatoust area according to Ria.ru
5:44 AM EST: The meteorite weighed 10 tons before it entered Earth’s atmosphere, the Russian Academy of Science said.
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5:04 AM EST: The Russian Emergency Ministry did not confirm earlier reports that the meteorite fell in a lake near the town of Chebarkul.
“It’s too early for any conclusions about any debris found,” spokesperson Vladimir Stepanov said.
4:56 AM EST: Demand for plastic windows rises in the Chelyabinsk region after a meteor shower shattered dozens of windows in buildings.
4:36 AM EST: Chances are high that another meteorite could enter the Earth’s atmosphere within the next few hours, Sergey Smirnov from Pulkovo Observatory said.
4:31 AM EST: All schools, Kindergartens an Universities will be closed for at least two days in Chelyabinsk.
4:07 AM EST: “The object could be about a meter in diameter and weigh a few tons,” Valeriy Shuvalov of the Institute of Geosphere Dynamics said. “As it entered the atmosphere, it broke into a cloud of pieces that flew on, creating a blast wave and emitting light. That’s where the flashes came from, as well as broken windows. Most of the object’s material evaporated, the remaining pieces slowed down and fell. It was most likely of iron nature as it penetrated so far through the atmosphere. However, we still don’t have the exact data on the debris.”
3:56 AM EST: The Chelyabinsk regional governor reported that the meteorite fell into a lake near the town of Chebarkul.
3:49 AM EST: The number of injured people in need of medical attention has risen to over 500.
3:10 AM EST: Oleg Malkov, an aerospace scientist reported that the meteorite went undetected by space scanners, because it was coming from the direction of the Sun. “We can only register stones coming from the direction of the night sky,”
2:46 AM EST: The incident is officially named a fireball meteor shower. No evacuations were called for, radiation levels seemed to be normal.
“I told the kids to get to the floor! Close your eyes! There were five or six explosions. The kids looked up, but I screamed that they should keep their eyes closed.”
The shock wave knocked out a few windows in the Kindergarten building. Teachers gathered all the children in the gym.
“We played music, danced.. entertained them. An hour later, parents started to pick up their children. We will be here until the last child is reunited with their parents “- Belkova said
(Video) Meteor Shower Hits Russia: Meteorite Falls In Lake, Explosions
According to Russian news reports, the Governor of Chelyabinsk stated that the meteorite fell into the lake near the town of Chebarkul. Up to 500 people sought medical attention as a result of the incident, according to the Russian Interior Ministry. No serious injuries have been reported, with most of the injuries caused by broken glass and minor concussions.
Health management administration of the Southern Urals reported 367 people seeking medical help in the city hospitals, including 58 children.
“The shock waves arrived about two minutes after the flash, and the sound is three seconds to overcome one kilometer. A trace of the fragment is likely gone in the direction of Miass, somewhere in that area may lie a real meteorite or crater. When an object enters the atmosphere and explodes, it first destroys the ozone layer.”
“And, of course, be upon us now is a small ozone hole, and we get a small amount more ultraviolet radiation. As for radioactive contamination – I think there can’t be much because most meteorites are not radioactive. The most powerful is the effect – a flash of light and the shock wave.”
“I was standing at a bus stop, seeing off my girlfriend,” said Andrei, a local resident who did not give his second name. “Then there was a flash, and I saw a trail of smoke across the sky and felt a shockwave that smashed windows.”
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Astronomers do not exclude that a meteorite exploded over the Chelyabinsk region, is part of a large asteroid 2012 DA14,
The reports from Russia spark fear and panic, according to NASA an Asteroid will pass close by Earth today at 2:24 PM EST.
– A newly discovered asteroid named 2012 DA14 about half the size of a football field will pass nearer to Earth than any other known object of its size on Friday, giving scientists a rare opportunity for close-up observations without launching a probe.
NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them.
At its closest approach, which will occur at 2:24 p.m. EST/1924 GMT, the asteroid will pass about 17,200 miles (27,520 km) above the planet traveling at 8 miles (13 km) per second, bringing it nearer than the networks of television and weather satellites that ring the planet.