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Emergencies Ministry waits for scientists' ideas how to minimize meteor rain effects

February 20, 2013, 17:29 UTC+3

“I believe that this emergency situation will push us towards generating new resources", Puchkov told Itar-Tass

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MOSCOW, February 20 (Itar-Tass) – Russia’s Interior Minister Vladimir Puchkov hopes that the emergency situation following the fall of a meteor in the Chelyabinsk Region will boost the creation of technologies of monitoring small bolides. Also, it would like experts and scientists to share their ideas how to minimize the effects of meteor rains on cities and communities.

“I believe that this emergency situation will push us towards generating new resources, approaches and ideas in tackling this serious problem,” Puchkov told Itar-Tass.

He explained that the system of monitoring the meteor threat today is being created in North America and in Europe, but it allows for tracking only large bolides.

“As far as smaller meteors are concerned, they are travelling at cosmic speeds and ways of their monitoring are technologies of the future humanity’s best brains are still to create,” Puchkov said.

He quoted statistics indicating that about a hundred meteorites fall on the Earth, but most of them sink into the Oceans and seas, the Antarctic, and unpopulated areas.

“In Chelyabinsk we saw effects on social infrastructures in cities and communities,” Puchkov said.

He recalled he had formed a working group of specialists from the Emergencies Ministry, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Emergencies Ministry Strategic Studies Center and members of the Emergencies Ministry council of experts.

“We shall specify plans for training the ministry’s units for addressing many of the tasks that had to be addressed in this specific situation,” Puchkov said. “Besides, we shall hear the opinions of experts and scientists as to how to minimize the effects of meteor rains and large celestial bodies on homes and social infrastructures and maintain the stability of all systems in such adverse conditions.

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