Meteor Hits Russia, Injuries Many


Nicole Jelinek, Entertainment Editor

Last Friday, a meteor smoked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains. The meteor had the  power of an atomic bomb and its sonic blasts left windows shattered, injuring about 1,100 people.

There were not many deaths reported, according to a post on Fox News, but instead, many were injured by the more than 1 million square feet of glass that was broken from the windows that had shattered after the blinding flash of light from the meteor.

Amateur video showed the meteor going across the sky and about 9:20 am, which was just after sunrise, leaving a thick, white smoke marking its trail in the sky.

A witness of this event told the Associated Press by phone that, “We saw a big burst of light, then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud, thundering sound.”

The Russian Academy of Sciences stated that the meteor was estimated to be about 10 tons and 49 feet wide and entered the Earth’s atmosphere at high speeds of 33,000 mph. It then was reported to have shattered into pieces about 18-32 miles above the ground.

It also released several kilotons of energy about the region and some meteor fragments fell in a reservoir right outside the town of Chebarkul, Russia. the crash from the fragment left a 26 foot wide crater in the ice.

The shock wave that occurred and hit Chebarkul damaged houses, 3,000 buildings, and left one zinc factory’s roof partly collapsed.

Among the 1,100 injured, a whooping 258 of them were school children. The shock wave happened to hit right at the start of the school day for them.

For those who are not familiar with meteors, they are small pieced of debris from space, usually pars of comets or asteroids, that are on a collision course with the Earth. They become a meteor when they enter the Atmosphere. Many burn once they reach the atmosphere, but if they do not and strike the surface of the Earth, they are called meteorites.

The meteor that exploded in Russia on Friday had an impact 30 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb, NASA scientists have said.