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Meteorite Shower Rains on Russia after Air Defense broke it up?

A series of explosions in the skies of Russia’s Urals region, reportedly caused by a meteorite shower, has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones have stopped working.

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Check out eyewitness accounts of the meteorite phenomenon, handpicked by RT.

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.

A bright flash was seen in the Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, Russia’s Republic of Bashkiria and in northern Kazakhstan.

Zinc Factory Blew Up meteorite...
Zinc Factory Blew Up meteorite…

Over 400 people sought medical attention as a result of the incident, according to the Russian Interior Ministry. No serious injuries have been reported, with most of the injuries caused by broken glass and minor concussions.

Lifenews tabloid said that at least one piece of the fallen object caused damage on the ground in Chelyabinsk. According to preliminary reports, it crashed into a wall near a zinc factory, disrupting the city’s Internet and mobile service.

The Emergency Ministry reported that 20,000 rescue workers are operating in the region. Three aircraft were deployed to survey the area and locate other possible impact locations.

Witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it seemed like an earthquake and thunder had struck at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth.

Cool – Like something out of a science fiction book…

Could you imagine what would have happened it the huge meteorite had hit? Ouch…

Windows to Russia…

PS: Link to Videos about what is going on – http://video.kylekeeton.com/2013/02/russian-video-from-russia-meteorite-fall-on-russia-february-15th-2013.html

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  1. admin Post author | February 15, 2013

    Locals first reported on the incident at 9:30am (3:30 GMT) local time, as people wrote on social media of hearing explosions, complained about blown-out windows and wondered about the cause of the disturbance.

    “The most unusual morning ever – to wake up from the wind and the rumble, to yell hysterically while all the family is running around shocked,” Nastya Grabluk wrote on Twitter minutes after the incident.

    In the city of Chelyabinsk, many said they were shocked and frustrated this morning. “I am still young, I don’t want to die!” Zimnukhova Elena wrote on Twitter, adding: “It is a nightmare… I am still shaking and sobbing periodically.”

    Those who saw the meteorite fall reported witnessing a bright flash and numerous explosions.

    “At first I saw a huge bright fire up in the skies, and then came a loud explosion that not only shattered the windows, but blew out the window frames,” Taisiya Alabuzhina told RT.

    “My heart is still beating 200 heartbeats a minute! … I saw this terrible flash, it was red-orange! My eyes are still hurting,” a witness from Chelyabinsk wrote on a local web forum. “I turned off all the lights, sat the kids on a couch and waited… Oh, my God, I thought the war had begun.”

    Natalia, another Chelyabinsk resident, also expressed frustration. “Windows were blown out, furniture was jumping, I am shaking now. What do I do? I first grabbed my cat and passport and ran outside, but then was told to come back home, get some water and sit here,” she said, according to Komsomolskaya Pravda.

  2. admin Post author | February 15, 2013

    The sound of the explosion and the shaking of buildings triggered a wave of speculation on Twitter. “I was stunned… They say it is meteorite!! Oh yes, it had to necessarily fall on Chelyabinsk,” city resident Arina Pazhova tweeted.

    “Well, it is either a plane or a meteorite,” Bogdan Sevastyanov wrote on his Twitter account.

    Mobile connections in some areas of Chelyabinsk shut down after a meteorite reportedly crashed into an antenna. For many people, the Internet has become the only way to make sure that their friends and family are fine.

    In the initial hours after the explosion, people posted hundreds of messages on Twitter asking their loved ones if they were safe.

    As the shock receded, many began to crack jokes: “You would rather like to see Bruce Willis in such situation than Russian Emergency Ministry,” Alina Vostrina said on Twitter.

    Chelyabinsk residents have also reported “unusually high sun activity.” Some said the local Miass River has a layer of steam above it, and is apparently evaporating. “Stock up on water, people, Miass starts to evaporate!” one local resident wrote online.

    Many fear that more meteorites are on the way: “Chelyabinsk, attention! They say, that at 11 pm this may repeat, because not [all] of the debris have fallen yet. Stay away from windows and put down the curtains,” Komsomolskaya Pravda quoted Anna from Chelyabinsk as saying.

    Local cleric, Igor Shestakov, head priest of the Holy Trinity Church in Chelyabinsk, said the explosion of the meteorite was “how Lord visited us on the day of the Christ Presentation in the Temple.”

  3. admin Post author | February 15, 2013

    MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russian nationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky, long known for his flamboyance and outrageous remarks, said Friday that meteorite fragments had not rained down on Russia in the morning, but that the light flashes and tremors in several of the country’s regions resulted from US weapons tests.

    “Those aren’t meteors falling, it’s the Americans testing new weapons,” Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, told journalists several hours after the Emergencies Ministry began issuing statements on the incident, which has injured hundreds and damaged scores of buildings.

    He also said US Secretary of State John Kerry had wanted to warn Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the “provocation” on Monday, but couldn’t reach him – a reference to US State Department comments earlier this week that Kerry had spent several days trying to speak to Lavrov by phone to discuss North Korea and Syria.

    Outer space has its own laws, Zhirinovsky went on.

    “Nothing will ever fall out there,” he said. “If [something] falls, it’s people doing that. People are the instigators of wars, the provocateurs.”

  4. admin Post author | February 15, 2013

    MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – Children at an indoor ice stadium in the city of Chelyabinsk fled the building with their skates on, following the impact of a shock wave from the meteorite which struck the Ural region on Friday.

    “We were exercising on the skating rink inside the building when we heard a deafening blast. The skating kids were knocked down,” Alexandra Martents, who was inside the stadium at the time, told RIA Novosti.

    There was no panic, she said, but the skaters quickly realized they had to leave the Uralskaya Molniya (Ural Lightning) stadium. “The roof-supports started shaking and part of the wall was torn out,” Martents said.

    “Lots [of skaters] streamed towards the exit with skates on, climbing over the fence,” she said. Everyone quickly escaped the building unharmed with the help of sport coaches and guards, she added.

    The ice stadium was among a dozen city buildings affected by the falling meteorite’s shock wave and sonic booms on Friday. The Chelyabinsk region is reportedly the worst affected by the meteorite, which also affected the Sverdlovsk and Tyumen regions as well as some parts of Kazakhstan.

    “All the residents saw blinding flashes, very bright ones. Suddenly it was very, terribly bright. It was not as if the light was on, it was like everything was illuminated with unusual white light,” a teacher in the Chelyabinsk region town of Zlatoust told RIA Novosti.

    The falling fragments were about “20 centimeters in diameter and weighed about one kilogram each,” the Head of the Sverdlovsk Region’s Emergencies Ministry branch said. A local observatory failed to forecast the incoming meteorite, which was accompanied by a sonic wave and a trail of smoke, he added.

  5. admin Post author | February 15, 2013

    MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – A meteorite that injured scores of people in central Russia when it fell to earth early on Friday plunged into a lake in the Chelyabinsk region, the regional governor said.

    “The meteorite that passed over the Chelyabinsk region fell into a body of water 1km from the city of Chebarkul,” said a statement posted on the website of Chelyabinsk governor, Mikhail Yurevich.

    Almost 500 people were injured when fragments from what Russia’s Emergencies Ministries says was a single meteorite fell across central Russia. Most people were hurt by shattering glass. Five people have been hospitalized, with the condition of three of them described as “grave” by an Interior Ministry spokesman.

    Russia’s Roscosmos space agency confirmed the object was a meteorite and said it was moving at “around 30km per second at a low trajectory.”

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