Meteor explodes over central Russia: 500 hurt

Absolutely amazing event in Russia this morning - and thank God there were no fatalities and most  of the injuries were very minor. A small asteroid exploded above the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk, causing a shock wave to ripple through the city, breaking glass, setting off car alarms, and knocking some people off their feet. Reuters: The fireball, travelling at a speed of 19 miles per second according to Russia's space agency Roscosmos, had blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail in its wake which could be seen as far as 125 miles away. Car alarms went off, windows broke and mobile phone networks were interrupted. The Interior Ministry said the meteor explosion had caused a sonic boom. "I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day," said Viktor Prokofiev, 36, a resident of Yekaterinburg in the Urals Mountains. "I felt like I was blinded by headlights," he said. No fatalities were reported, but President...(Read Full Post)