On Feb. 15, a meteorite fell in Russia's Ural Mountains that caused the region's residents to experience a series of explosions and bright flashes of light in the darkened sky. This phenomenon, which has been likened to the experience of a massive earthquake, created UFO crash fears, reports RT news.
The source says that through "unconfirmed" reports, it is believed that "the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement."
RT added, "A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers (or about 12 miles).
The Associated Press via Yahoo! reports that the meteorite fell in "the Chelyabinsk region." This region is located about 930 miles east of Moscow.
As for the UFO fears, an emergency official in Russia hinted that the response was one explanation since what was happening was confusing, "[The crash] was definitely not a plane." This expert says that information has been gathered, but at this point no data states anything definitive.
The crash, which was experienced in and around Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk, all areas of Russia's Ural Mountains, fell in an area that allegedly does not claim many residents.
Meanwhile, the RT report recalls what happened to Bukreeva Olga, a Russian who reported his experience about this incident via social media in real time. He said on Twitter, "My windows were not smashed, but I first thought that my house is being dismantled, then I thought it was a UFO, and my eventual thought was an earthquake."
While this meteorite that allegedly crashed in the Ural Mountains is not a UFO, panicked folks who experienced the scary incident tried to figure out what did happen on Feb. 15.
Meanwhile, this meteorite crash in Russia comes right on the heels of a report of a falling, 150-foot asteroid said to be coming soon and that when it does, it will come in close contact with the earth. Obviously, this brings great fear about the major disaster that could occur, especially if astronomers are actually off base on how this particular space material eventually takes its course.
UPDATE: According to The Voice of Russia, "More than a hundred people have been injured across the Urals region when the meteorite struck in central Russia."
The same source claims that Emergency Situations Ministry spokesperson Yelena Smirnykh told Interfax, "What happened over the Urals region was not a meteor shower, as was reported earlier."
This source says that this was, indeed, a meteorite. Smirnykh reports that the meteorite "...burned up as it passed through the lower layers of the Earth atmosphere. However, it triggered an impact wave, which smashed windows in several houses in the region."
Stay tuned for more details regarding this evolving story about the meteorite crash in Russia.