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Meteor strike injures hundreds in Russia

  • A meteor crashing in Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people.

    Most of those hurt suffered from cuts and bruises but some received head injuries, Russian officials reported on Friday.

    A fireball was seen passing through the morning sky above the city of Yekaterinburg, followed by loud bangs.

    A large fragment of the meteor landed in a lake near the town of Chebarkul in the neighboring Chelyabinsk region.

    A Russian army spokesman said a crater measuring six yards wide had been found on the shore of the lake.

    Most of the impact was felt in Chelyabinsk city, located some 125 miles south of Yekaterinburg, when the meteor fell at around 9:20 am.