It appears that a large meteor, estimated to have weighed in at a hefty 50 tonnes streaked across the sky in Russia earlier today (15th February), glowing brighter and brighter as it heated up at high altitude. It then exploded, breaking up into smaller pieces which impacted over a large area of the Ural Mountains, injuring nearly 1,000 people.

According to Russia Today: “Army units found three meteorite debris impact sites, two of which are in an area near Chebarkul Lake, west of Chelyabinsk. The third site was found some 80 kilometers further to the northwest, near the town of Zlatoust. One of the fragments that struck near Chebarkul left a crater six meters in diameter.”

At least two towns in the area have declared a state of emergency, and President Putin has promised immediate aid.