You’ve no doubt already heard about the meteorite exploding over Russia early this morning. The footage captured by amateurs, dashboard cams, security cams, etc., is truly amazing. Lost a bit in the fascination of this rare cosmic event is the fact that the injury total from the explosion has now climbed to roughly 1,000 people.
Russia’s Urals region has been rocked by a meteorite explosion in the stratosphere. The impact wave damaged several buildings, and blew out thousands of windows amid frigid winter weather. Hundreds have sought medical attention for minor injuries.
Around 950 people have sought medical attention in Chelyabinsk alone because of the disaster, the region’s governor Mikhail Yurevich told RIA Novosti. Over 110 of them have been hospitalized and two of them are in heavy condition. Among the injured there are 159 children, Emergency ministry reported.
Army units found three meteorite debris impact sites, two of which are in an area near Chebarkul Lake, west of Chelyabinsk. The third site was found some 80 kilometers further to the northwest, near the town of Zlatoust. One of the fragments that struck near Chebarkul left a crater six meters in diameter.
Here is an image of the impact site at Chebarkul Lake:Photo by Chebarkul town head Andrey Orlov.
Fox News has the number of injured right now at 1,100.
If you haven’t had the chance to view some of the incredible footage of the meteorite burning up in the atmosphere and creating an explosion on par with a nuclear blast, please take a look below…