Russia Starts Clean-Up After Meteor Strike
A day after a spectacular meteor blast shook Russia’s Urals region, the clean-up operation got under way Saturday in the hard-hit Russian city of Chelyabinsk.
Although some buildings were unscathed when the sonic waves from the Friday morning explosion reverberated through the city and region, others lost some or most windows.
More than 1,000 people were injured, including more than 200 children, the news agency said. Many of them were hit by flying glass.
Most of those hurt are in the Chelyabinsk region, though the vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious.
Altogether, more than 4,000 buildings, mostly apartment blocks, were damaged and 200,000 square kilometers (77,220 square miles) of glass were broken, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency cited the Chelyabinsk regional emergencies ministry as saying Saturday.