NASA: Russian Meteor Nuclearlike

    In this frame grab made from a video done with a dashboard camera, on a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region, Russia, provided by Nasha Gazeta newspaper, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 a meteorite contrail is seen. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (AP Photo/Nasha gazeta, www.ng.kz)

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    So the reports of the Russian meteor explosion were not exaggerated: the meteor that hit the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk on Friday was even bigger than originally suspected, NASA said Saturday. The meteor is the largest to hit Earth since the asteroid explosion in Tunguska in 1908, which flattened trees across 820 miles of the Siberian forest. NASA officials said the asteroid was 50 feet wide and weighed 7,000 tons and zoomed toward space at a velocity of 40,000 miles per hour—and was momentarily brighter than the sun. On Saturday, thousands of Russian emergency workers cleared the damage from the meteor, with divers focusing on a lake near Chelyabinsk where a hole several feet wide had opened up—but no fragments had been recovered yet.

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