Meteors cause panic in central Russia
- Published: 15/02/2013 at 12:44 PM
- Online news:
MOSCOW - A meteor shower rained down on central Russia, sowing panic as the hurtling space debris exploded in the air, blew out windows and left several people injured, officials and agencies reported.
"A meteorite disintegrated above the Urals (mountain range in central Russia), partially burning up in the lower atmosphere," the local office of the national emergencies ministry said in a satement, released Friday.
"Fragments of the meteorite reached Earth, falling in sparsely populated areas in the Chelyabinsk region," it said.
"According to preliminary information, four people have been injured by flying glass," it said.
"At 11:00 am local time (0500 GMT) we received numerous calls of panic, power cuts and contusions," Interfax cited the local government as saying.
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