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Over 500 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia earlier today.  People who live in Chelyabinsk, a town about 950 miles east of Moscow) reported hearing what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave. Several pictures from the area show blown out windows or cracked windows, likely from the sonic boom that was caused by the meteorite.

Thankfully, no one was killed, but Russia's Emergencies Ministry said a total of 514 people had sought medical help, mainly for light injuries caused by flying glass or debris. Even though the fireball actually hit the community of Chelyabinsk, the smoke and glow could be seen up to 125 miles away!  Car alarms also reportedly went off, a zinc factory was damaged (seen below), and mobile phone networks were interrupted.

NASA commented that these types of events are rare. However, a meteorite is thought to have been the cause of devastating an area near the Tunguska River in Siberia back in 1908, smashing windows as far as 125 miles from the point of impact.

Sources: Yahoo News, Associated Press, Reuters

 

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