CNN reports that the 1,257 pound chunk of dark rock was found at the bottom of Russia's Chebarkul Lake in the Chelyabinsk region. Divers reportedly found what is believed to be a large piece of the meteorite and hauled it ashore.
Andrei Kocherov of Chelyabinsk University told reporters that if the rock is in fact a meteorite, it's likely be one of the “biggest meteorites ever found.” Kocherov also said that there's no way to tell if the rock is actually a meteorite by looking at it. He added that they will need to do “a structural analysis and other tests” to prove it is actually a piece of meteorite.
The meteor was captured on video as it streaked across Russian skies in February. Reports indicate that it came down with such force that it produced a shock wave that destroyed buildings. Marc Weinberg, who is a meteorologist for WDRB News, reported that the shock wave was “20 times larger than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan!”
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