W-News | 1100 More People Injured After Meteor Falls | City residents Chelyabinsk, Russia, into a panic when a large meteor that was originally supposed UFO, suddenly crashed and exploded in their area.
Reported FoxNews, large meteor explosion occurred and was felt in more than a few locations in the Ural mountains in Russia on Friday (15/2) morning local time, injuring more than a thousand people. The explosion triggered panic many locals who had suspected UFO crash.
A large meteor fragment reportedly struck at a lake near Chebarkul, a small town in Chelyabinsk region. The number of people injured by an explosion in the sky mountains soaring up to 1,100 people.
The blast was felt in Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk and in several other places around the Ural mountains in Russia.
Surprisingly, in these cities and surrounding areas had been reported many UFO sightings in the last few months, about 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow, as preached UFOdigest.
Witnesses said the blast occurred so hard and like earthquakes and hurricanes explosion that occurred simultaneously. There are long lines and large sized smoke in the sky, like a smoke trail from a jet aircraft. It was also reported the quake was 6.6 on the Richter scale equivalent.
The witnesses also said that the houses were destroyed, windows broken and flying. Mobile-phone signal is lost.
"It is as if a UFO had been hovering over our heads," said a witness, as reported by HuffingtonPost.
Police in Chelyabinsk, currently reported in the alert status and have been thought to protect the city's infrastructure. Even some important office in the center of Chelyabinsk also been evacuated.
Local authorities stated it was a meteor shower, but the locals are still talking about a UFO crash.
Emanzhilinsk city dwellers, about 50 kilometers from Chelyabinsk, said they witnessed the 'UFO' flying fast through the sky burst into flames, broke apart and fell to the ground.
A black cloud was also reported to hang over the city. Scent as the smell of gunpowder was spread across the affected area explosion.
Some residents also expressed Russia's visible panic through social networks Twitter, even tagar # # EscapeFromPlanetEarth RussianMeteor and a trending topic worldwide throughout Friday.
"Office beritaInterfax describes the event as a meteor shower," said a spokeswoman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry told the AP.
But the Interfax news agency the incident claiming it as a single meteorite.
"Around 950 people in Chelyabinsk seek medical attention because of catastrophic explosion. More than 110 of them had been treated and two of them were in a state of emergency. Among the victims there are 159 children," said Governor Mikhail Yurevich told RIA Novosti.
Meanwhile, citing a report from RussiaToday, experts are examining the blast, said the fragment likely be solid, and consists of rock and iron.
Russian space agency Roskosmos has also confirmed the object crashed in Chelyabinsk region is a meteorite.
"According to preliminary estimates, the object space is derived from non-technogenic and qualifies as a meteorite. Objects are moving at a low trajectory with a speed of about 30 km / sec," said the expert.
According to estimates by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the object weighs about 10 tons before it enters the Earth's atmosphere. Meteorites are pieces of solid form of debris from outer space objects such as asteroids or comets, ranging in size from small to giant.
When it falls to Earth through the atmosphere, the meteorite will be very hot and emits light trail, forming a fireball known as a meteor or shooting star.
Russian troops had joined the rescue operation. Unit of radiation protection, chemistry and biology are also included on high alert. Because the explosion occurred a few kilometers above the Earth's surface, the ground underneath should be thoroughly checked for radiation threats and other threats.
According to reports, the meteorite fell less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 passed within close enough to the earth about 28 thousand kilometers. It is not yet known connection between the fallen meteor with asteroid 2012 DA14.
So far, the meteor explosion that occurred in Chelyabinsk, Russia is the largest since a giant meteoroid struck Earth in the region of Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 ago.