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Meteorite fragments found in Russia

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The BBC is reporting this morning that fragments from a meteorite have been found around a frozen lake near Chebarkul, a town in the Chelyabinsk region. 

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Police officers examine small objects as they stand near a 6-metre hole in the ice of a frozen lake, reportedly the site of a meteorite fall in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia. They didn't find any remnants Saturday of the reported meteorite that fell the day before. AFP


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Meteorite fragments found in Russia

The BBC is reporting this morning that fragments from a meteorite have been found around a frozen lake near Chebarkul, a town in the Chelyabinsk region.

That, of course, is the area where a massive meteor streaked towards the Earth, creating shock waves which shattered windows, damaged buildings and injured 1200 people.

The BBC quotes Viktor Grohovsky of the Urals Federal University as telling Russian media that the material found contained about 10% iron.

"We have just completed the study and we confirm that the particulate matter, found by our expedition in the area of Lake Chebarkul indeed have meteorite nature," Mr Grohovsky told Russia's Ria Novosti news agency.

The six-metre hole found in Lake Chebarkul was apparently not caused by a meteorite, however.

"We believe it was caused by something else," emergency ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Ladonkin told AFP.

Meanwhile, residents of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1.1 million and the centre of Russia's heavy industry, were struggling to pick up the pieces and replace thousands of blown-out windows in time for Monday, when schools are set to reopen

The force blew out a large section of brick wall at the local zinc plant, and tore holes in the walls of the city's ice skating and hockey centre, where several matches were cancelled.

Forty people remained in hospital Sunday, mostly with cuts, broken bones and concussion, a doctor from the Chelyabinsk hospital told Rossiya Channel, while a special centre was opened to provide psychological help to those disturbed by the incident.

Sources: BBC and AFP

reportedly – as reported (often used for showing that you are not certain that something you are reporting is true) ตามที่รายงาน
site – a place where something happened  ที่เกิดเหตุ
meteorite – a piece of rock from outer space that hits the earth's surface  อุกกาบาต, ดาวตก, สะเก็ดดาว
meteor – a piece of rock from outer space that makes a bright line across the night sky as it burns up while falling through the earth's atmosphere ดาวตก
remnants – the remaining parts of something  ส่วนที่เหลืออยู่
fragment – a small piece of a large object that has broken, often into a lot of pieces  ส่วนที่แตกออกมา
massive – very large มหาศาล
streak – to move very fast in a particular direction ไปอย่างรวดเร็ว
shock wave – a movement of very high air pressure that is caused by an explosion, earthquake, etc. คลื่นกระแทก
shatter – to break into many pieces แตกกระจาย
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
particulate – in the form of particles, very small pieces of something ที่แยกเป็นส่วนย่อยๆ
matter – physical substances สาร,วัตถุ
expedition – an organised journey with a particular purpose; a short trip that you make when you want or need something  การเดินทาง
nature – the basic quality of something ธรรมชาติของสิ่งต่างๆ
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
industry – the people and activities involved in producing a particular thing, or in providing a particular service; the production of goods from raw materials, especially in factories อุตสาหกรรม
struggle – a difficult fight or an attempt to defeat someone การต่อสู้เพื่อความอยู่รอด
replace – to change from one thing to another แทน
section – any of the parts into which something is divided ส่วน
brick – baked clay used for building walls, houses and other buildings อิฐ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
zinc – a chemical element. Zinc is a bluish-white metal that is mixed with copper to produce brass and is often used to cover other metals to prevent them from rusting สังกะสี
plant – a factory that produces power or processes chemicals, etc. โรงงาน
concussion – a temporary loss of consciousness caused by a blow to the head; the effects of a severe blow to the head such as confusion and temporary loss of physical and mental abilities สมองกระทบกระเทือน
psychological – connected with a person's mind and the way in which it works ทางด้านจิตใจ, ทางจิตวิทยา
disturbed – upset and worried กระวนกระวายใจ
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์

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