RT: 12:01 GMT: The site where the meteorite is believed to have fallen has been closed off by military units wearing special protective suits.
GlobalPost: Russia’s Emergencies Ministry will fire a local official who told reporters the ministry had warned Chelyabinsk residents by SMS before the meteorite fell, the Itar-Tass news agency reported spokeswoman Irina Rossius as saying. Ministry official Victor Rakatin earlier denied the SMS service had been used. “The event happened very quickly and it was unexpected,” Interfax quoted him as saying.
RT: A spokesperson for the Urals regional Emergency Ministry center claimed it sent out a mass SMS warning residents about a possible meteorite shower. However, eyewitnesses said they either never received it, or got the message after the explosion had occurred. The Emergency Ministry has since denied sending out the SMS warning, and said the spokesperson that spread the false information “will be fired.”
Published: February 15th, 2013 at 4:10 pm ET