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article imageMeteorite crashes in Russia

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 15, 2013 in World
As the world awaits a flyby from an asteroid, Russia is dealing with a meteorite strike. BBC Europe is reporting a meteor shower has caused a meteorite to fall to earth and some injuries and damage has been reported.
The Interfax news agency said that preliminary reports indicated that four people were injured by flying glass as a impacts from a meteor shower fell to earth.
CBS is reporting that the office of the governor of the region in the Ural Mountains said in a statement that many calls about injuries and damage to buildings had been received.
Meanwhile, reports are conflicting, as is usual in fluid situations. The same CBS report notes that the Associated Press quoted a spokesperson for the Russia's Emergency Ministry that it was meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman told the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite.
One thing all reports indicate at this hour are fragments of at least one meteorite fell in the Chelyabinsk region some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, causing flashes in the morning sky and sharp explosions, Russian officials said Friday.
The most comprehensive news so far can be found from RT. Besides what the others have, they indicate that, according to preliminary reports, it crashed into a wall near a zinc factory, disrupting the city's Internet and mobile service.
All of this is coming on the heels of a flyby from an asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA TV will provide commentary.
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