Flaming meteorites crashed to the earth Feb. 15 after a 10-ton meteor exploded in the sky, injuring hundreds and reportedly prompting fears of an alien invasion.
In scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster, a series of explosions rocked the skies above the Ural Mountains and sparked panic in three major Russian cities, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen’. The health chief in Chelyabinsk told the Associated Press that 985 people sought medical attention after meteorites slammed into a region of Central Russia, and 43 were reportedly hospitalized with minor injuries.
Witnesses described how buildings shook, glass shattered and cell phones and Internet connections stopped working in the early-morning incident. Amateur footage was also posted of an object causing windows to break before crashing into a wall at a zinc factory. All injuries were thought to be mainly due…
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