LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Russian meteor today 2013 has injured at least five hundred. The Russian meteor (photo above) today February 15, 2013 erupted in morning hours, striking Russia’s Urals region, namely in Chelyabinsk and Kazakhstan. At last twenty-two persons are hospitalized.
Officials tell news that today’s meteor is unrelated to the arriving 2012 DA14 asteroid. Officials warn that that 2012 DA14 won’t come closer than seventeen thousand miles.
At least five hundred seventy-one persons are injured, Deputy Health Minister Igor Kagramanyan told news today. Young children are among the injured. Many injuries stem from broken glass. Local news is reporting that one meteor entered the atmosphere, broke, and sent fragments to Chelyabinsk and Kazakhstan.
“There have never been any cases of meteorites breaking up at such a low level over Russia before,” said Yuri Burenko, head of the Chelyabinsk branch of the Emergencies Ministry said in a news statement today. Residents are denouncing the lack of initial broadcast news coverage of the Russian meteor. Details of the meteor dominated social media for hours before U.S. broadcasters began running coverage. Officials indicate that, of the twenty-two persons hospitalized, none are believed to have suffered serious injuries.
“Verified information indicates that this was one meteorite which burned up as it approached Earth and disintegrated into smaller pieces,” deputy head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry press office, Elena Smirnykh, said in a statement Friday.
President Vladimir Putin dispatched Emergency Situations Ministry officials to the scene. “Everything must be done to assess the damage objectively. I spoke to the leadership of Chelyabinsk Oblast just half an hour ago. People are working,” Putin reported Friday. “Thank God, no large objects fell in populated areas, however there were still people who were injured. We need to think about how to help people — not just to think about it but do it immediately.”