Russian Meteorite Impact 20 Hiroshimas Strong

By  //  February 18, 2013

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space agency Confirms Impact in Chelyabinsk

(ABOVE: RussiaToday)

Twenty Hiroshimas – that’s the National Space Agency’s estimate of the explosive power of the meteorite which shattered over Russia’s Urals last Friday.

A hole in Chebarkul Lake made by meteorite debris. (Image by Chebarkul town head Andrey Orlov)

It left more than 1,200 people injured, and caused tens of millions of dollars worth of damage. RT’s Egor Piskunov in the above video is at the epicenter, and brings the details how events unfolded.

Russia’s Urals region was rocked by a meteorite explosion in the stratosphere. The impact wave damaged several buildings, and blew out thousands of windows amid frigid winter weather. Hundreds have sought medical attention for minor injuries.

Army units found three meteorite debris impact sites, two of which are in an area near Chebarkul Lake, west of Chelyabinsk. The third site was found some 80 kilometers further to the northwest, near the town of Zlatoust. One of the fragments that struck near Chebarkul left a crater six meters in diameter.