It is not often that planet Earth is threatened by a meteor and really uncommon for a meteor to actually hit and make an impact, but such has been the case in the country of Russia.
Amateur video footage showed a bright white streak moving rapidly across the Russia Urals region skies before exploding with an even brighter flash and a deafening bang early Friday morning. The explosion was reported about 9:20 a.m. local time, which was a busy time where a lot of residents were out and about. The huge explosion shattered glass in buildings and left hundreds of people hurt.
Deputy Health Minister Igor Kagramanyan for the emergency ministry in the Chelyabinsk region in Russia mentioned to CNN that the latest information they had was that 524 people were injured and 34 hospitalized due to the meteor hit. Fortunately the vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious, but there have been reports that around 270 buildings and structures have been damaged or affected including hospitals and area schools.
“Most of the damaged buildings have shattered class due to the shock-wave caused by the blast,” Vladimir Stepanov, of the National Center for Emergency Situations said.
Around 20,000 emergency workers have been called on to steadily apprehend the situation.
How did the meteor make its way into our atmosphere? Scientist believe one meteoroid had entered the atmosphere, where it burned and disintegrated into fragments. This unlikely event is a little interesting given the nature of an asteroid that won’t actually hit earth, but is believed to come within 17,000 miles of earth(Which NASA is saying is a close call). However scientists are 100% positive it wont affect us at all.
“Yes an asteroid is coming but fear not no earth impact is possible,” Don Yeomans, Manager of the Near-Earth Object Project program office at NASA said.
As far as the asteroid and the meteor being similar, scientists do not believe them to be related, and just happen to occur around the same time frame. “They are completely unrelated objects, but it is a strange coincidence they are happening at the same time,” NASA spokesman Steve Cole said.
“This kind of object can actually fall fairly frequently, but most of them fall into the ocean or desert where there is no impact on people, but this one made headlines in the sense that it’s come over a heavily populated area,” Cole said.
Meteorite hits Russia lighting sky, shattering windows
People in the Urals in Russia have seen burning objects raining down from the sky after a meteorite exploded above the Earth. Eyewitnesses reported several blasts rocking the region and long trails of smoke in the air.
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