Friday, February 15, 2013
A meteor exploded over Russia this morning, leaving a contrail through the skies before exploding in the atmosphere. The resulting shockwave shattered windows and damaged buildings, resulting in injuries to at least 1,000 people.
The number of injured has continued to rise through the day as new reports come in from across a swath of central Russia.
As of late afternoon local time, the Interior Ministry said about 1,000 people had been hurt, including more than 200 children, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency said.
Most of those hurt are in the Chelyabinsk region, the news agency said. The vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious.
About 3,000 buildings have sustained damage — mostly broken glass — as a result of the shock waves caused by the blast, the news agency reported.
The videos seen thus far today have been incredible—and a little spooky, too.
Oh, by the way, an asteroid is set to buzz between the Earth and the Moon in little under an hour. So, y'know. Try to not be terrified.