This is right out of Armageddon. A meteor streaked across the sky near the Chelyabinsk region, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 400 people, many of them hurt by broken glass. At least three people were reported hospitalized in serious condition.
The Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement that the meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometres (18-32 miles) above ground.
The fall caused explosions that broke glass over a wide area. The Emergency Ministry says more than 500 people sought treatment after the blasts and that 34 of them were hospitalized.
Russian news reports noted that the meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid — about 17,150 miles (28,000 kilometres).
But the European Space Agency, in a post on its Twitter account, said its experts had determined there was no connection.
Here’s a couple videos that captured meteor.