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Meteorite explodes, injures hundreds in Russia

8:12 AM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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MOSCOW -- A meteor that fell from the sky in Russia's Ural mountains has injured some 100 people.

Emergency officials say the meteor streaked across the sky Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and damaging buildings.

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Most of the injuries are from broken glass. Amateur video broadcast on Russian TV shows an object speeding across the sky, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

The European Space Agency says its experts have determined there is no connection between the meteor over Russia and a 150-foot asteroid hurtling toward a near-Earth encounter today. NASA says the asteroid will miss Earth by 17,150 miles and is too small to see with the naked eye.

 

Associated Press

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