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Meteorite Crash Reported In Russia

A set of explosions have been reported in the skies of Russia’s Urals region. Reports from RT and Voice of Russia say it was caused by a meteor shower. Nearly 1,000 people reported injuries.

1. An amateur video being circulated by Russian outlets reportedly of the event:

2. The area hit via RT:

3. Some residents reported hearing a loud blast.

4. Other witnesses said that “houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cell phones stopped working” according to RT.

5. Nearly 1,000 people reported injuries, according to AP.

Update - Feb. 15, 11:00 a.m.: Reuters originally reported nobody was hurt, then cited Russia’s Emergency Ministry, which said 514 people sought medical aid, 112 of whom were hospitalized. AP has now increased the total to “nearly 1,000 people.” The injuries were mainly caused by flying glass.

6. An emergency official said it was most likely a meteorite shower, with a blast reported at 32,000 feet.

7. Some office buildings in areas affected were being evacuated.

8. This video from a Russian news outlet is said to be of the moment of the explosion:

9. Another amateur video:

10. Another amateur video:

11. Another video:

12. Another video out of Russia:

16. In this video lots of broken glass can be seen.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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