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Meteorite causes Injuries and damage in Russia

by Rod Hill

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Posted on February 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:30 AM

The photograph above was taken in the morning sky over Russia by Nasha Gazeta, courtesy to the Associated Press.   Early reports say the meteor was about the size of a house.  Photographs show a white contrail and an intense flash of light as the rock fell to earth.  Meteors are pieces of rock, usually from larger comets or asteroids that enter Earth's atmosphere.  Most meteors burn up and are never seen by man.  Those that survive the journey and crash into our planet's surface become meteorites.

Scientist say small meteorites strike Earth 5-10 times each year. Larger impacts, such as today's Russian encounter occur on average once every five years and often strike in uninhabited areas.  Today's meteor has been estimated to be about 10 tons in size and was traveling at a speed of 33,000 mph or greater.  The meteor is reported to have shattered into smaller pieces roughly 18-32 miles above the ground, according to the Russian Academy of Sciences.  The explosion broke an estimated one-million square feet of glass and injured close to 1,000 people.  Most people seeking medical attention were injured by shards of glass. 

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