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Russian meteor blast, like 20 Hiroshima bombs, cleanup begins

Here in a warm San Francisco, news is coming in about the cleanup in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Russian meteor blast, cleanup begins
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It was over the Chelyabink's region that around 49 acres of windows blew out after the meteor strike earlier this week.

According to the news source, the Wall Street Journal over 4,000 buildings in the area had their windows shattered. Some 1,200 people were hurt from the flying glass and most suffered from cuts.

San Francisco resident, Jamie Conlon, says: "That must have given everyone one heck of a scare. I can believe people in Russia thought it was the end of the world."

Today, some forty people are still in the hospital. Two of those people are in serious condition, says news agency RIA Novosti, citing the health minister for the region.

The blast is said to be the equivalent of 20 Hiroshima bombs, according to Regional Governor Mikhail Yuyevich, on Saturday

He told press that the damage done would cost around 1 billion rubles ($33 million) to repair. He has given assurances, however, that all the broken windows will be fixed within the week.

That is important as temperatures plunge in the meteor area.

"The midday temperature in Chelyabinsk, which is located approximately 900 miles east of Moscow, was minus-12 degrees Celsius (10 degrees Fahrenheit), and for many the immediate task was to put up plastic sheeting and boards on shattered residential windows," says the WSJ

So far, around 24,000 people are involved in the relief efforts that include collecting warm clothes, food and blankets. Workers from glass companies in nearby regions have come in to help out.

A search in a nearby lake to try to uncover fragments of the meteor has produced nothing.

According to the WSJ:

"In the town of Chebarkul, 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Chelyabinsk city, divers explored the bottom of an ice-crusted lake looking for meteor fragments believed to have fallen there, leaving a 20-foot-wide (six-meter-wide) hole. Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius told Russian news agencies the search hadn't found anything."

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