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Close call in Chelyabinsk . . . !!!!!


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Just wow !! Thank goodness this didn't happen at the height of the cold war. Sweaty fingers hovering over red buttons might have started to get twitchy !!

To put a scope twist on the geography- Halfway between Intes-Micro and Tal factories?

Wow!

http://rt.com/news/m...helyabinsk-283/

series of explosions in the skies of Russia’s Urals region, reportedly caused by a meteorite shower, has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones have stopped working.

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.

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RT has live updates here.

http://rt.com/news/r...helyabinsk-291/

: Oleg Malkov, an aerospace scientist at Moscow State University, told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that the meteorite went undetected by space scanners, likely because it was coming from the direction of the Sun. "We can only register stones coming from the direction of the night sky," he explained. Malkov confirmed that the meteor shower in the Urals was not connected to the 2012DA14 asteroid that will approach Earth in a few hours.
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I was initially excited by the footage, but that's now changed to concern for the injured and the wellbeing of the locals. No windows and -14C are a bad combo :(

Not good. Not good at all.

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My thoughts are with the injured but what an amazing event to witness - folk must have wondered what the heck it was. Great presence of mind to capture it on what looks like a mobile phone. I understand many cars in Russia are fitted with dashboard cameras for insurance purposes.

Lets hope the emergency services can quickly find and help all those in need - it appears to be desperately cold out there.

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