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Meteorite Crashes in Russian Urals

A meteor streaked across the Russian sky Friday morning over the Ural Mountains, causing large explosions, bright flashes and numerous injuries.

The fragments of the meteor fell in the thinly populated Chelyabinsk region, located about 930 miles to the east of Moscow. The incident took place around 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT).

Many witnesses reported that the meteor caused a sharp explosion which shook the ground, much like an earthquake. This intense explosion caused many glass windows to shatter and set off car alarms in the Chelyabinsk region.

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Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolsenikov told the Associated Press that more than 400 people hurt following the incident, mostly from glass broken by the explosions.

Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6,000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.

Government officials also reported that some fragments fell near the town of Satka, located about 120 miles outside the regional capital city of Chelyabinsk.

According to some astronomers, this meteor is almost certainly unrelated to the asteroid 2012 DA14 that is expected to pass by the Earth Friday.