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Russia: 1,000 inured in meteor shower

Posted on Feb 16, 12:18PM | IBNS

Moscow, Feb 15 : As many as 1,000 people were injured in a meteor shower in central Russia, mostly in the Chelyabinsk Region, on Friday.

A meteor exploded over central Russia resulting to a meteor shower that injured people and damaged thousands of buildings, reports said.

"A hail of meteorite fragments fell in central Russia on Friday morning, hurting hundreds of people and damaging thousands of buildings, according to officials," reported RIA Novosti.

"As of late afternoon, around 1,000 people had been hurt, including more than 200 children, mostly in the Chelyabinsk Region," the news agency reported quoting the country's Interior Ministry.

"The majority of those hurt had suffered cuts from broken glass, but the region's governor said two-thirds of the injuries were very light," RIA Novosti reported.

"The Chelyabinsk governor said one had fallen in a lake in his region, while others have been reported in the Tyumen, Kurgan and Sverdlovsk regions as well. Police said an eight-meter wide crater had been discovered near the Chelyabinsk lake. Radiation levels around the crater were reported to be normal," it reported.

Meanwhile, Russia's national space agency, Roscosmos said in its website: "February 15 recorded drop of a space object in the city of Chelyabinsk."

It said the meteorite was moving 'at about 30 km / s at a low trajectory'.

Russian television broadcast video the meteor streaking across the sky at 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT).