February 15th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) A meteor broke up in the skys over Russia’s Urals district early this morning, producing a massive audible explosion whose shockwave broke glass and blew down doors throughout the area, leaving more than 900 people seeking medical attention.
According to preliminary reports, the worst damage on the ground was at a zinc factory, the walls and roof of which were partially destroyed by an impact wave. The city’s Internet and mobile service were reportedly interrupted because of the damage inflicted near the factory.
Authorities report that nearly 3,000 buildings so far have been determined to have sustained damage.
The Emergency Ministry reported that 20,000 rescue workers are operating in the region. Three aircraft were deployed to survey the area and locate other possible impact locations.
Meanwhile, an asteroid will make the closest recorded pass by Earth today, coming closer to the planet than communication satellites. Authorities say, however, that the two events are unrelated.
Watch the video to witness the impact shockwave as it blows the windows out of a building.