Meteor Crash lands in Russia– over 725 injured
Reports from the Russian region of the Ural Mountains suggest that a meteor may have exploded 10,000 meters above the ground this morning. YouTube videos show loud blasts and bright objects falling from the sky, and an emergency official told Reuters that “It was definitely not a plane. We are gathering the bits of information and have no data on the casualties so far.” The incident occurred in Chelyabinsk, about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow.
“Preliminary indications are that it was a meteorite rain,” said an emergency official speaking to RIA-Novosti. “We have information about a blast at 10,000-meter (32,800-foot) altitude. It is being verified.” According to the Washington Post, there are conflicting reports: an emergency ministry spokeswoman told the AP that there was a meteor shower, but another account given to Interfax reported a single meteorite. Interfax says that at least four people have been injured.
Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions.
Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6,000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.