Meteorite storm hits Russia… watch upper left corner, injuring nearly 1,000 people:
A terrifying meteorite shower left more than 950 people injured, buildings devastated and the mobile network wiped out when it hit Russia this morning.
Brightly burning rocks could be seen for miles as they crashed at around 9.20am local time and one bystander described it ‘like a scene from the Armageddon movie.’ The meteorite is believed to have landed in a lake near Chebarkul, a town in the neighbouring Chelyabinsk region. The city of Chelyabinsk, 900 miles east of Moscow and close to the Kazakhstan border, took the brunt of the super sonic impact.
The Russian Ministry of Emergencies says 950 people have been injured, 82 of them are children and two are in intensive care.Many of the injured had bloodied faces and one child’s back was seen covered in blood. Tim O’Brien, associate director of the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory, said the injuries were caused when the meteor created a sonic boom.
‘This reasonably large chunk of rock was moving faster than the speed of sound, maybe 20,000 miles per hour. It made a sonic boom in the atmosphere, and that hit buildings and shattered windows. That is what seems to have caused the injuries,’ he explained. However, there were no reports of fatalities and it was not immediately clear if any people were struck by fragments.