A 20,000-strong Russian emergency team at meteorite site


President Vladimir Putin has ordered a team of 20,000 emergency workers to set out for Cheyabinsk in the Ural Mountains 930 miles east of Moscow to carry out quick repairs of the damage caused by an exploding meteorite Friday morning. Russian Academy of Sciences experts report that the meteorite, weighing 10 tons, broke up some 30-50 kilometers above earth with a force equal to a small atom bomb. The number of injured people has meanwhile climbed to 1,200 – most suffering cuts and bruises from glass flying from shattered windows.

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