Citizens, already on edge in anticipation of an asteroid making a near-Earth pass, have flooded police and military phone lines looking for help and reassurance.
According to an article published by RT on Feb. 15, confused residents of Chelyabinsk, the Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, Russia’s Republic of Bashkiria and northern Kazakhstan, have reported streaks of light in the sky and loud, crashing sounds in the distance.
Confirmations of meteor strikes are pouring in, with videos and photographs proving a large strike has taken place. Photos of damaged buildings and broken windows have begun to appear online.
So far, there are no reports of casualties.
The sightings come on the heels of the anticipated near-Earth pass of asteroid 2012 DA14, which will occur in the afternoon on Friday.
Naturally, this meteor activity has sparked speculation that NASA scientists were wrong to calm the public and insist there is no chance the asteroid could strike the planet.
This is a developing story. More details to follow as they become available.