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Hundreds Injured as Meteors Rain Down on Russia: VIDEOS


Bright objects reported to be meteors captured on dozens of CCTV cameras rained down over central Russia today and more than 500 have been injured by explosions caused by the space objects, Reuters reports:

MeteorPeople heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow.

A fireball blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail in its wake which could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away in Yekaterinburg. Car alarms went off, windows shattered and mobile phone networks were interrupted.

Most of the people were injured due to breaking glass, the NYT adds. The Guardian has an F.A.Q.

Watch the insane videos, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I find this interesting since I was just watching a show about near Earth objects on one of the History channels last night... :)

    Posted by: MikeKV | Feb 15, 2013 7:58:44 AM

  2. Wow... That's some serious OT wrath of God stuff... See what you get for allowing same-sex marriage?

    Posted by: LemmyC | Feb 15, 2013 8:14:33 AM

  3. Technically it was a single meteor and then several meteorites when it broke up

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 15, 2013 8:24:54 AM

  4. what is it with all the dash mounted car cameras?

    Posted by: Smuggy | Feb 15, 2013 8:32:41 AM

  5. today we are all dinosaurs........

    Posted by: steve | Feb 15, 2013 8:34:41 AM

  6. AMAZING. And damn scary. Imagine the damage something more serious like this could cause???

    Posted by: bostonbeat | Feb 15, 2013 8:36:50 AM

  7. Or that's what happens when you don't let Americans adopt Russian orphans... although I believe Russia is still against recognizing same-sex marriage...

    However the situation, while watching the many videos, the same thought kept creeping in my mind: If it this were to happen in the US, we'll be on high Terrorist alert, because of September 11, our perception of danger has so dramatically changed.

    Hope no death will result of this, and wish the people of Russia to be safe.

    Posted by: Maguita | Feb 15, 2013 8:37:00 AM

  8. Is this connected to the larger asteroid that passed by or purely coincidence?

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Feb 15, 2013 9:17:28 AM

  9. @Maguita,

    The deputy speaker of the Russian parliament [Duma] is blaming the U.S., claiming the U.S. has secret weapons and is testing them on Russia. Yes, he is dead serious.


    Many cars in Russia have dash cams in case of accidents. Apparently there's a lot of road rage and insurance fraud [and corrupt police] in Russia.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 15, 2013 9:22:43 AM

  10. The dash cams are due to a very, very common insurance scam in which someone will step in front of your automobile, make you hit them, then sue you.

    It became such an easy way to make money, that any driver with common sense puts a dashcam in their car.

    Posted by: Brad | Feb 15, 2013 9:24:55 AM

  11. I saw ONE meteor... not "meteors raining down on Russia"....

    Let's not sensationalize a story that's already big enough on it's own...

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 15, 2013 9:37:33 AM

  12. Was this #1 or #2 on the Gay Agenda?

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Feb 15, 2013 9:41:40 AM


    I am then glad that the US does not hold exclusive ownership on Rightwingnutteries. For it does sound like something a Palin, McCain, Akin, Limbaugh, or Nugent would seriously state on Fox "News". And thank you for the info on car insurance.

    Posted by: Maguita | Feb 15, 2013 9:47:15 AM

  14. It's a meteor shower and everyone goes running outside when the windows get blown in. They probably didn't know what it was, but if random s*** was falling from the sky, I think I'd stay indoors...

    Posted by: Chadd | Feb 15, 2013 9:58:53 AM

  15. Did anyone see a naked toddler named Kal-El wandering around the Russian steppes?

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 15, 2013 10:01:25 AM

  16. @Pete in SFO

    The larger asteroid is passing by later today. Either it's purely coincidental or it was a splinter of that same asteroid.

    Posted by: Joseph | Feb 15, 2013 10:17:44 AM

  17. Your God isn't to happy with the way you're persecuting LGBT folk, Russia.

    Posted by: Marc C | Feb 15, 2013 10:25:25 AM

  18. There is only one way that Pat Robertson types can explain this fire and brimstone attack on Russia. God is upset with the Russian government's homophobia. Notice nothing like this happens in gay friendly Sweden.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 15, 2013 10:34:45 AM

  19. The fault dear Brutus is not in the stars, but in ourselves...For we are the underlings -- Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

    Every once in a while nature makes sure we know just how insignificant we actually are, in the greater scheme. We are all just worm food fighting and battling it out with other food for worms on a tiny planet in an insignificant outpost in space.

    Posted by: lucas | Feb 15, 2013 10:38:02 AM

  20. It was sent by Lady Gaga.

    Posted by: kodiak | Feb 15, 2013 11:33:37 AM

  21. It... has... begun.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 15, 2013 12:51:26 PM

  22. No, it was sent by Madonna as an F-you to the idiots who tried suing her for her "gay propaganda" during her concerts in Russia, obviously. Seriously though, I know it's wrong, but when I read the headline, I sort of hoped a meteor landed on the idiot who wrote that into law.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Feb 15, 2013 1:22:19 PM

  23. You've may have it exactly backwards LUCAS. A meteor shower or strike may well function as a unifying call to arms for the human race.

    Only by extending our conscious powers to include intentional participation in the larger cosmos can we enlarge our deliberate sway over the evolution of our species. Nothing galvanizes humanity like the threat of destruction. Learning with a unified will to direct and control potential hazards from outer space is as surely on the agenda of human reach as every current form of inter-planetary exploration, just as our urge to enlarge once directed exploration of our planet itself, still an ongoing endeavor.

    Human conciousess is incomparably special and unique, meant to endure, to grow and to triumph. When you believe that you fear nothing and are emboldened to live more fully and creatively than ever both as individuals and as a global community. It is confidence over cowering, courage over despair. You get a life by taking hold of it.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 15, 2013 1:39:49 PM

  24. It's clear from this video that Russia puts more money into education than the USA ! Russia has BRICK buildings with modern interiors unlike the wooden huts used here in the US which were supposed to be temporary but have not been replaced after 40 years.
    SHAME on us !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 15, 2013 2:00:57 PM

  25. I am all for putting dash cams on cars in the USA, but unless there's a law to do so, you will probably get sued or arrested for invasion of privacy.

    Posted by: new coke | Feb 15, 2013 2:24:45 PM

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