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Last updated at 16:58 GMT, Friday, 15 February 2013

Meteor hits Russia


15 February 2013

More than 400 people have been injured in Russia by an explosion caused by what seems to have been a meteor.

Daniel Sandford

The fireball


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Eyewitnesses describe seeing a fireball curving through the clear sky, and an extremely intense light as it passed overhead.

It seems to have been a meteor, and left a white condensation trail behind it. A couple of minutes later there was a loud bang.

The shock wave from the blast blew out windows across the region round Chelyabinsk in the Ural mountains.

People who'd rushed to look out and see what was happening were injured by flying glass.

Everyone went outside to check their neighbours were OK, and the mobile phone network collapsed, briefly overwhelmed by the volume of calls.


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people who have seen something then talked about it to the authorities or media


bending, not moving in a straight line


very bright and strong

condensation trail

a line in the sky formed of water vapour which can be seen following an object

shock wave

invisible force of pressure caused by an explosion

blew out

broke, smashed



overwhelmed by

unable to deal with

the volume of

the large number of