Russian Search Team Investigates Frozen Lake For Meteorite Fragments

Category: Technology / Feb 16, 2013 3:30PM EDT
A meteorite hit central Russia on Friday leaving over 1,000 people injured, setting off a slew of conspiracy theories about what caused the fiery explosion. A search team met at the frozen lake near Chelyabinsk, Russia where the meteorite hit, looking for sections of the space rock. They searched the lake through a large hole that opened in the ice but have yet to find any large fragments. Just when scientists were gearing up to witness an asteroid pass close by earth on Friday, a large meteor exploded over Russia, shocking the world. Residents of the industrial Russian city, almost 100 miles east of Moscow, hear an explosion, saw a bright light, and felt a huge shock way that blew out windows and damaged walls. NASA scientists estimate that meteors as large as Friday's might hit the Earth every decade or two. NASA estimated that the meteorite was 55 feet across and weighed 10,000 tons. The meteorite, travelling at a speed of 33,000 mph, left a long white trail in the air visible up to 125 miles away. The meteor exploded a few miles above the earth’s surface, releasing nearly 500 kilotons of energy, which is 30 times the size of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in World War Two. The Chelyabinsk regional governor said the strike caused about $33 million worth of damage. Video Source: Reuters.