Meteorite fall in the Urals 15. 02. 2013

The number of victims from the blast after the fall of the meteorite in the Urals is growing by the hour — at the moment we know almost a thousand casualties, including more than 200 children.

Interior Ministry said that the crash site found three fragments of the meteorite. The authorities of the Chelyabinsk region averaged nearly 300 buildings, facilities and schools, which blew out windows. Repair crews have been formed and FEMA promises to end Friday insert glass.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Ministry of Emergency Situations immediately engage in victim assistance

On Friday morning, at 7.23 MSK, over the Urals have been falling meteorite. PE affected residents Tyumen, Kurgan, Sverdlovsk, and the northern territories of Kazakhstan, but major damage reported in the Chelyabinsk region.

National Center for Crisis Management Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the glass smashed in 297 buildings.

"Sixteen socially important facilities — hospitals and kindergartens and 12 schools. This data will be adjusted," — noted in the MOE.

"Of course, a large amount, but we expect that our main task will be to try to do it (insert broken glass) in the next few hours today," — said the representative of the press center.

In addition, the press center of the Ministry of Interior reported that three of the fall of the meteorite fragments found in the Chelyabinsk region, and the two fragments were found in the area Chebarkulsky, another — in Zlatoust.

The Ministry of Defense reported later that he found a funnel diameter of 6 meters in the Lake Chebarkul and MOE insists that the wreckage is still not found.

Explanation of what happened

A few hours after PE Roscosmos confirmed that the object does not fall Urals anthropogenic origin, and meteorite.

"… It's a space object netehnogennogo origin and qualifies as a meteorite, moving at about 30 kilometers per second at a low trajectory" — said in a statement on the website of Roscosmos.

In this case, the Chelyabinsk regional Emergencies Ministry said that the cause of the fall of the meteorite fragments over the area could be an asteroid that passed close to the Earth.

This, apparently, is not about the famous asteroid 2012 DA14, which should pass close to Earth on Friday night, but a friend. The specialists of the European Space Agency have confirmed that the fall "Chelyabinsk car" is not related to the 2012 DA14.

"According to the Observatory of Yekaterinburg, close to Earth asteroid passed, resulting in a 07.23 MSK meteorite shower in a fireball over the territory of the Chelyabinsk region" — said in a press release GUMCHS.

According to the candidate of physical and mathematical sciences, expert on meteorites, researcher Andrew Olhovatova Tunguska, the power of the meteorite explosion in the sky over the Urals could be tens of kilotons of TNT.

"This is a unique case in the history of astronomy, because such a large number of injured in the fall of meteorites," — said the expert.

He recalled that the last case where a person has suffered a fall of the cosmic body, was recorded in the U.S. in 1954, when the meteorite hit a woman.

Marauders no performances canceled

Protection of property and the houses where the damage occurred due to the fall of the meteorite, was organized in the Chelyabinsk region almost immediately.

Civil society organizations have already started to raise funds for the victims. So, volunteers movement "Good Roads" in Ekaterinburg announced urgent to raise funds for orphanages in Chelyabinsk.

"… In several orphanages Chelyabinsk region were shattered windows and collapsed walls. Required urgent intervention," — said the movement.

"It is terrible to imagine what the situation is now in the city and especially in the children's homes. Guys are not just scared, hurt the only home they know" — are reported words of the head movement Valeria Basaya.

After the state of emergency in stores Chelyabinsk sharply increased sales of certain materials.

Category: Unexplained Phenomena

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