A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people. (Feb. 15
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Chelyabinsk, Russia - Feb. 15 2013
1. Various of damage
2. SOUNDBITE: Allan Harris, Scientist German Aerospace Centre (Transcript Below)
3. Still of meteorite impact
4. Various of damage
IF YOU EVER WONDERED HOW MUCH DAMAGE A METEOR EXPLODING IN THE SKY CAN DO...THIS IS THE ANSWER.
ABOUT A 1000 PEOPLE WERE INJURED WHEN THE ESTIMATED TEN TON SPACE ROCK BLEW UP AFTER IT ENTERED THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE GOING AT LEAST 33 THOUSAND MILES PER HOUR.
IT SHATTERED SOME 20 TO 30 MILES ABOVE THE SURFACE BUT STILL BLEW OUT WINDOWS, KNOCKED DOWN WALLS AND SENT DEBRIS FLYING ACROSS RUSSIA'S URAL MOUNTAINS.
SOUNDBITE: Professor Alan Harris, German space agency's (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin:
"Well it's not really very rare. The thing is that it came down in a populated area, an industrial area in fact. And that is maybe unusual.
PART OF THE METEOR ENDED UP HERE IN THIS LAKE, YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT BROKE THROUGH THE ICE.
CITY OFFICIALS SAY 3,000 BUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED BY THE SHOCK WAVE, INCLUDING A ZINC FACTORY WHERE PART OF THE ROOF COLLAPSED.
THE VAST IMPLOSION OF GLASS WINDOWS EXPOSED MANY RESIDENTS TO THE BITTER COLD AS TEMPERATURES IN THE CITY HOVERED AROUND 15 DEGREES.
NOW THE REGIONAL GOVERNOR IS URGING ANY AND ALL WORKERS WHO CAN REPIAR WINDOWS TO RUSH TO THE AREA TO HELP OUT.
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