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Russia pulls huge 'Chelyabinsk meteor chunk' from lake

Russian divers Wednesday pulled from a murky lake in the Urals a half-tonne suspected meteorite said to have been part of a meteor whose ground-shaking shockwave hurt 1,200 people in February. The dramatic recovery operation came eight months after a piercing streak of light lit up the morning sky in the central Russian region of Chelyabinsk in scenes some locals said made them think of the onset of a nuclear war. The meteor broke up into myriad pieces -- some no bigger than the size of a fingernail -- that scientists are still finding across the remote region to this day.

Reuters Science News Summary

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Russia cleans up after meteor blast injures more than 1,000 CHELYABINSK, Russia (Reuters) - Thousands of Russian emergency workers went out on Saturday to clear up the damage from a meteor that exploded over the Ural mountains, damaging buildings, shattering windows and showering people with broken glass. Divers searched a lake near the city of Chelyabinsk, where a hole several feet wide had opened in the ice, but had so far failed to find any large fragments, officials said.

Russia halts search for meteorite

Russian authorities halted their search Sunday for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals last week, leaving about 1,200 people injured and damaging several thousand buildings. The 10-tonne space rock streaked over the Chelyabinsk region in central Russia in a blinding fireball on Friday just as the world was braced for a close encounter with a large asteroid.

Russia cleans up after meteor blast injures more than 1,000

* Thousands of workers clean up Chelyabinsk * Some people sceptical after no big fragments are found * Emergencies Ministry, Putin push for quick clean-up By Andrey Kuzmin CHELYABINSK, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Thousands of Russian emergency workers went out on Saturday to clear up the damage from a meteor that exploded over the Ural mountains, damaging buildings, shattering windows and showering people with broken glass.

'The end of the world?': Terror over Russian meteor

"I was driving in the car across the square. Suddenly the square lit up with a bright, bright light, not a normal light," said Chelyabinsk resident Vasily Rozhko. Witnesses of the falling meteor over the Russian Urals spoke of their shock and horror Friday at seeing a giant bright light in the sky that many thought was a crashing plane, followed by a loud explosion that blew out windows in many buildings.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Around 950 injured in Russia meteor strike

Around 950 people were injured on Friday when a meteor burned up above the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk, unleashing a shockwave that shattered panes of glass, the regional governor said. Chelyabinsk regional governor Mikhail Yurevich, quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency, said that two-thirds of the injuries were light wounds from pieces of glass and other materials. In the city of Chelyabinsk alone, 758 people had required medical help, the city said in a statement on its website. sjw/zak/lc

'The end of the world?': Terror over Russian meteor

"I was driving in the car across the square. Suddenly the square lit up with a bright, bright light, not a normal light," said Chelyabinsk resident Vasily Rozhko. Witnesses of the falling meteor over the Russian Urals spoke of their shock and horror Friday at seeing a giant bright light in the sky that many thought was a crashing plane, followed by a loud explosion that blew out windows in many buildings.

UPDATE 6-Meteorite explodes over Russia, more than 1,000 injured

* Windows shattered, car alarms sound in Chelyabinsk * ESA dismisses link with asteroid passing Earth * Meteor fireballs are extremely rare (Adds details on the force of the impact) By Andrey Kuzmin CHELYABINSK, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A meteorite streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, raining fireballs over a vast area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured 1,200 people.
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