Russian scientists recover meteor fragments

Russian scientists recover meteor fragments

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Workers repair a power line near the wall of a local zinc plant which was damaged by a shockwave from a meteor in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on February 15, 2013. A meteor strike in central Russia that left today hundreds of people injured is the biggest known human toll from a space rock, a British expert said. AFP PHOTO / 74.RU/ OLEG KARGOPOLOV --BEST QUALITY FROM SOURCE-- (Photo credit should read OLEG KARGOPOLOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 12:47 PM

MOSCOW (AP) -- Scientists have found more than 50 tiny fragments of a meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of dozens of atomic bombs.

   Viktor Grokhovsky, who led the expedition from Urals Federal University, said Monday the meteorites plucked from the ice-covered Chebarkul Lake so far are less than a centimeter (less than half an inch)  and had an iron content of about 10 percent.

   Locals saw a big meteorite fall into the lake on Friday, leaving a six-meter-wide (20-foot-wide) hole in the ice.  Grokhovsky said a meteorite up to 50-60 centimeters (20-24 inches) could eventually be found in the lake.

   Russian health officials on Monday raised the number of those injured from the meteor's arrival to nearly 1,500 people, with 46 of them still hospitalized.
 

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