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1,200 injured, thousands of homes damaged after meteor hits Russia

By Mason White 6:37 PM February 16, 2013
Meteor explodes in Russia 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) Millions of people in Russia were alarmed after hearing a large explosion, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The meteorite that fell into Russia hit the Earth’s atmosphere at an intensity of 30 World War Two type atomic bombs, scientists from NASA, confirmed.

“It had the energy greater than all the weapons used during World War Two,” Bill Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environments Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said.

The 10,000 ton fireball shined brighter than the sun and sparked about 500 kilotons of energy, an increase of 30 kilotons from previous estimates, along the Urals region of Russia Friday at 9:20 am, according to experts.

The impact of the explosion injured 1,200 people and destroyed thousands of homes while residents were in panic after the apocalyptic moment in the city of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1.1 million residents located 930 miles east of Moscow, where an army of workers are currently working to repair the destruction.

The meteor, estimated to be 49 to 55 feet long, is the largest since 1908, which crashed in Tunguska, Siberia, about 3,000 miles away from the current meteor.

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