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Nearly 500 people affected by meteorite fall in Urals

February 15, 2013, 13:25 UTC+3

The meteorite fragments have not been found yet

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MOSCOW, February 15 (Itar-Tass) – About 500 people have been affected by the effects of a meteorite fall in the Urals, five of them were hospitalised, deputy chief of the information department of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) Yelena Smirnova told Itar-Tass.

“As many as 474 people have sought medical attention, five of them were hospitalised. The condition of almost all is assessed as light to moderate severity,” she said. The injured have mainly cuts from fragments of glass from smashed windows.

On Friday morning, there was a crash of a meteorite over the territory of the Urals Federal District. The meteorite partially burned in the lower atmosphere. The meteorite fragments have not been found yet. The Chelyabinsk regional EMERCOM department promised that compensations will be paid to all the affected citizens.



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