“A meteorite falls” became a trending topic across news headlines today after Fox News reported this Friday, Feb. 15, that a meteor did in fact crash to earth early this morning over the Ural Mountains in Russia. Multiple explosions resulted from the meteorite hitting with such intense force, injuring over 100 people in the area.
Pieces of the meteor fell into the lightly populated Chelyabinsk area in Russia, reported the Emergency Ministry. Over 100 people called for help after the explosion in the Ural Mountains, mostly resulting in injuries from broken glass and debris after the meteorite struck land.
There are different reports concerning what happened in the sky as the meteor fell, as some reports claim there was an actual meteor shower with multiple foreign objects, while others add that there was only one meteorite. It is also possible that several fragments of the meteorite split upon impact, leading some witnesses to believe there were multiple meteors present.
The meteorite falls headline has garnered such attention already because this was no sci-fi movie or futuristic read, but a very real danger that people around the world need to be aware of, said Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov.
UPDATE: The number of injured are now reported to be anywhere between 400 and 1,000, causing a "state of panic" in Russia, say sources from the Emergency Ministry. Please stay tuned.