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Update: Meteor Explodes Over Russia, 1,000 Injured

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Updated at 11:53 a.m.

A 10 ton meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere over Russia’s southern Chelyabinsk region Friday morning at 33,000 mph, exploding an estimated 18 – 32 miles above ground. CNN is reporting that the resulting blast resulted in 500 injuries (Update: Now upgraded to nearly 1,000), most of which are said to be non-life-threatening.

The European Space Agency says their experts can “confirm no link between meteor incidents in Russia and asteroid 2012DA14” expected to flyby Earth tonight. NASA will be hosting a live stream event tracking the larger, 150-foot asteroid starting at 2 p.m. EST.

As of 7:50 a.m. EST NASA has not issued a statement on the incident in Russia, sending the following Tweet:


Our friends at The Atlantic Wire have been collecting some impressive videos of the incident. See below Update: Video was pulled by user, you can check out this .gif instead: 

Another angle:

You can get a sense of how loud the explosion was in this video:

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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