Feb 15, 2013 Comments Off iResist
Live footage of massive meteor falling over eastern Russia.
Watch as people are blown over by the shock waves.
Watch windows explode from the shock wave as pandemonium break out on the streets of Russia.
And two more massive shock waves.
The Times – Over 400 people were injured today when a meteor burned up above the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk, unleashing a shock wave that shattered panes of glass, the interior ministry said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said more than 400 people had sought medical treatment after the blasts, and at least three had been seriously injured. Damage was recorded in six towns.
Mr Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.
The meteor appeared as a ball of fire crossing the sky over the Chelyabinsk region of the Urals, 930 miles east of Moscow.
Video taken of the event captured the sound of a huge explosion as it disintegrated.
“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening.
Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region.
“We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound,” he said.
“There was a very bright flash and then two or three minutes later, we were knocked back by a shock wave,” a young man told Rossiya state television.
Another man said “at first I thought it was a plane”.
Another woman told the station “that only God saved me” from getting hurt when the windows of her bedroom blew out.
“There was a meteor shower, without fragments falling to the ground,’’ an emergencies ministry spokesman told the Interfax news agency.
“A meteorite exploded above the Chelyabinsk region. The shock wave blew out windows in several places.’’
The ministry said some fragments fell near the town of Satka, about 120 miles from the regional capital city of Chelyabinsk. Schools in Chelyabinsk had their windows blown out, it added.
It arrived hours before an asteroid capable of destroying London was due to fly close by the Earth, coming nearer than many satellites.
Scientists say there is no chance of the 150ft (45.7m) wide space rock hitting the planet. But there is a remote possibility that it could collide with one of more than 100 telecommunication and weather satellites in fixed orbits above the Earth.
The asteroid, 2012 DA14, has been closely tracked since its discovery a year ago.
It is predicted to reach its nearest point to the Earth at around 7.30pm UK time this evening.