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Meteor injures hundreds in Russia

10:06 AM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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Written by Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY

(USA TODAY) - Russia was hit by a meteor on Friday in the nation's central Ural Mountains, injuring hundreds and causing damage to buildings in six cities, according to reports.

Fragments of the approximately 11-ton meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, Russia's Emergency Ministry said in a statement, the Associated Press reported.

Dozens have been hospitalized but the majority of those wounded received treatment for minor cuts from broken glass after the falling debris caused explosions that broke windows and shook buildings.

Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said more than 500 people had called for medical assistance.

Kolsenikov also said about 6,000 square feet of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.

Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies.

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