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More Than 1,000 Injured from Russian Meteor

Posted at: 02/15/2013 6:37 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Hundreds of people are recovering from injuries suffered when a massive meteor fell in central Russia just after sunrise on Friday.

It was just a bizarre coincidence that two major events happened on the same day. Needless to say though, it was an exciting day for those who keep their eyes trained on the skies.

"Oh gosh to have seen it, it's a one in a life time event to see it," said Jennifer Anderson, Geology Professor at Winona State University.

Jennifer Anderson is a specialist when it comes to impact craters and lives for  events like Friday mornings Russian meteor.

"I mean imagine driving down the highway and all of a sudden you see a bright thing moving quickly in your vision and it gets brighter and brighter and brighter until it's literally brighter than the sun and it lights up the entire area," said Anderson.

Anderson and other experts say events like this happen 5 to 10 times a year, but catching them on so many different cameras is extremely rare.

"To see something that actually threatened our planet Earth was quite a surprise," said Larry Mascotti, Astronomy Teacher at Mayo High School in Rochester.

Mascotti says while more than a thousand people were injured by the meteor, it wasn't due to the impact.

"Most of the damage was caused by shock wave that was directed down to the surface of the planet," said Mascotti.

Anderson estimates the meteor was about 6 feet in diameter as it approached Earth, but says according to the video evidence, it obviously broke up as it went through the atmosphere.

"I do think we are going to be able to recover pieces of it and some of those pieces might be large," said Anderson.

We're told the shock wave created by the meteor blew in an estimated 1 million square feet of glass and damaged 3,000 buildings.