February 15th, 2013
09:55 AM ET

Report: 1,000 injured in Russian meteor blast

[Updated at 9:55 a.m. ET] The injury count in Friday's meteor blast over Russia is rising as the day goes on.

About 1,000 people - including 200 children - have been reported hurt by shockwaves or fragments from a meteor that exploded over central Russia, according to Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency. Most were hurt by broken glass, and about two-thirds of the injuries were very minor, RIA Novosti reported, citing the Chelyabinsk region's governor.

More than 250 buildings have sustained damage - mostly broken glass - as a result of the shock waves caused by the blast, said Vladimir Stepanov, of the National Center for Emergency Situations at the Russian Interior Ministry.

[Posted at 3:49 a.m. ET] A meteor shower sparked an explosion that left 250 people injured Friday in southern Russia, state media reported.

Of the hundreds, at least three were critically injured by broken glass, state-run RIA Novosti reported.

A bright white flash appeared in the sky for a few seconds, followed by a heavy "bang" that sounded like a blast, according to Russian News Agency Itar-Tass.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Where

    Thank you! 😀

    February 15, 2013 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. TvNyC

    And we believe in nasa, why?

    February 15, 2013 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • pliberato

      this was a rock weighing several tons!
      I wonder what the astronomers are doing lately and if, next time we will be "surprised", we'll be so lucky.
      The worst thing is, they could be omitting things from the general public.

      February 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lurid Bee

    And this is another reason. Can't post a simple sentence thanks to bad soft-ware and worse policies. Grow up.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet

    There will be an asteroid DA14 passing by disintegrating in the atmosphere the earth will sustain also a massive earthquakes.

    February 15, 2013 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • slrman

      Wanna bet? I knew some religious wacko would start putting a divine intervention twist to this. Is there nothing too untrue, too stupid, or too ludicrous for the religious reich to refrain from saying? Apparently not.

      February 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    Are they sure it wasn't a spaceship full of little green aliens? Congress will have to scramble to include space aliens in their immigration bill! 😉

    February 15, 2013 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Now fernace, we all know that space ships don't come from space. They come fro Colorado.

      February 15, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Rawr: it had to be said.

      February 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    Not too many clever comments. If this meteor had fallen over NY or LA, it would have done some very serious damage!

    February 15, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Very true.... and what warning, would the people in those cities, have been given?

      We don't really know what's coming toward our planet??

      We rely on amateur observers?


      February 15, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. jamal

    wait, am i the only one who saw that the meteor had 2 smoke trails? look at 3:12 .... are u sure that "meteor" didn't come from Korea?

    February 15, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ jamal:
      You have a very good point, and I could never prove that the object did not come from Korea.
      The story of the meteor sounds more and more like Menotti's opera, AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS.

      February 15, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • slrman

      Two smoke trails could only indicate fragmentation of the object. This is what usually happens with meteors. But conspiracy theories are much more fun, even if they are crazy.

      February 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Okay, I have a couple questions about this event. (1) News reports say that this event and the passing of the asteroid today at some 17,000 some odd miles from earth has no corellation, yet NASA says they are unable to track anything this small. So how can they say unequvocally that this did not break away from said asteroid ? (2) They said this metorite weighed somewhere around 10 tons. Again, if they are unable to track these thing because they're too small, how do they know it weighed ten tons ?

    February 15, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Good question @ bobcat. And how much does one of our space shuttles weigh? They can track those just fine!

    February 15, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat, and very funny on the colorado comment btw!

    February 15, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Deven the asteroid expert

    There going to be more soon. Trust me there going to be. This big asteroid that is going to pass by today has thousands of small ones with it some of those will hit. Most will burn up in atmosphere.

    February 15, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Deven the asteroid expert

    If that big one hits it will kill millions of people.

    February 15, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      One secondary result would be a slight decrease in glob–uh, climate change.
      We have too many people riding this planet, and some need to disembark._

      February 15, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Wake up call to Russia. Someone isnt very happy with how theyre behaving!

    February 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ chrissy:
      Wait till He sends the locusts!

      February 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Does God really need a pyrotechnics show?

      February 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol @ Joey, THAT was funny. Oh and wait til he sends OUR wake up call also!

    February 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. P-dub

    This just goes to show how little mankind is in control. They are tracking "thousands" of these, but how many more thousands are not detected like this one? Also, I agree that it is more than coincidence that this one and DA14 just happen to be passing on the same day. More to follow soon?

    February 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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