Meteor Chelyabinsk … at least six cities have been hit in three central regions of Russia
As of mid-day, over 400 people had reported injuries as a result of the strikes.
Most of the people hurt seem to be concentrated in the hard-hit Chelyabinsk Region.
Hundreds suffered cuts from broken glass as the meteorites smashed windows in numerous buildings across the Chelyabinsk Region.
An estimated 20,000 emergency response workers have been mobilized. Background radiation levels reportedly remain unchanged – an important consideration in an area with a fair number of nuclear facilities.
Reports vary about whether this was one larger meteorite, or many smaller ones.
“Verified information indicates that this was one meteorite which burned up as it approached Earth and disintegrated into smaller pieces” deputy head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry press office.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at the economic forum held in the neighboring Krasnoyarsk region, called the meteorite fall “a symbol of the forum.”
The number of people who have sought medical help across three Russian regions hit by a meteorite shower on Friday has climbed to over 400.
“I hope that there will be no serious consequences, but it is a demonstration that it is not only the economy that is vulnerable, but our planet as well,” he said.
Russia’s nuclear agency, Rosatom, issued a statement saying its facilities across affected regions were functioning normally.
The police are searching for the fallen meteor and pieces and protecting affected buildings from looting.
The asteroid, 2012 DA14, will miss the planet by 26,900 kilometers on February 15, 2013, which is closer than satellites in the geostationary orbit of 35,700 kilometers, according to data on NASA’s.
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