Updates: Video reveals strange blasts during ‘meteorite rain’ over Russia — Explosions in lower atmosphere — Over 500 reported injured — Only hours before asteroid due to make close flyby

Published: February 15th, 2013 at 1:43 am ET
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Reuters: A powerful blast rocked the Russian region of the Urals early on Friday with bright objects, identified as possible meteorites, falling from the sky, emergency officials said. [...] The trace from a falling object could be seen in Yekaterinburg, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Chelyabinsk, another Reuters witness said.

Sydney Morning Herald: “Preliminary indications are that it was a meteorite rain,” an emergency official told RIA-Novosti. “We have information about a blast at 10,000-metre (32,800-foot) altitude. It is being verified.”

AFP: Meteor shower causes damage, injuries in Russian Urals [...] A meteor shower caused explosions in the lower atmosphere above Russia’s Urals region, blowing out windows in some areas and leaving several people injured, officials and agencies reported.

Sky News: Meteorite Shower Hits Russia Injuring 500

NBC News: A huge fireball fell from the skies over Russia’s Chelyabinsk region early Friday [...] The fireball reports spread just hours before a 150-foot-wide (45-meter-wide) asteroid was due to make a close flyby, coming within 17,200 miles of Earth. It’s unlikely that there’s any connection between the fireball and the encounter asteroid, known as 2012 DA14. However, a bright flash and explosion in midair would be consistent with the atmospheric entry and breakup of a large meteoroid. If 2012 DA14 were to hit Earth, the scenario might play out in a similar way, but with far more powerful results. In 1908, a massive explosion shook a remote region of Siberia and knocked down millions of trees over an 820-square-mile area. Experts concluded that the blast, known as the Tunguska event, was caused by the midair explosion of a 150-foot-wide asteroid falling to Earth.

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