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Giant Chunk of Russian Meteor Raised From Lake

The meteor was the largest recorded strike in more than a century
Related: Earth, Space
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

People look at what scientists believe to be a chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteor, recovered from Chebarkul Lake near Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Firsov)

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian scientists have recovered a giant chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteor from the bottom of the lake it crashed into.

A meteor that blazed across southern Urals in February was the largest recorded meteor strike in more than a century. More than 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave from the explosion, estimated to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs, as it landed near the city of Chelyabinsk.

Scientists on Wednesday recovered what could be the largest part of this meteor from Chebarkul Lake outside the city. They weighed it using a giant steelyard balance, which displayed 1,256 pounds before it broke.

Sergei Zamozdra, an associate professor at Chelyabinsk State University, told Russian television the excavated fragment was definitely a chunk of the meteor.

SEE ON SKYE: Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Russia Meteor Explosion


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The headline might should have read "Meteor pulled from RUSSIAN lake" rather than a 'Russian meteor' pulled from lake...

October 17 2013 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

imagine one that would be the size of a car!

October 16 2013 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Keefer

A tiny change in the incoming angle, the asteroid would have blown up at a lower altitude over the city or impacted and destroyed it.

October 16 2013 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Herchel Sawyer

The very fact that is was not 10,000 times larger, is only a coincidence. We had better get prepared for that eventuality. It will happen.

October 16 2013 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Herchel Sawyer's comment

Then we have nothing to worry about.

October 19 2013 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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