Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Authorities estimate damage caused by meteorite at $30 million

Southern Urals authorities estimate that the large meteorite that crashed in the Urals mountains on Friday caused $30 million in damage.

Additionally, scientists from Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg announced, officially, that they have found the remains of the meteorite, Itar-Tass reports.

According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, 1,158 people, including 289 children, sought medical treatment after the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings. Fifty-two people were hospitalized and a total of 4,715 buildings, including 3,700 apartment buildings, were damaged.

Approximately 24,100 people and more than 4,300 vehicles from the regions of Tyumen, Kurgan and Sverdlovsk helped to remediate the effects of the meteor shower. More than 18,000 Emergency Ministry rescuers are currently working in the region and more than 160 specialists were dispatched to help local residents mend broken windows. Volunteers from neighboring regions also volunteered to help the injured, according to Itar-Tass.

The size and power of the explosion caused by the large meteorite crashing into the Urals has been estimated differently. NASA estimated the blast at 300-500 kilotons, saying it released approximately 20 times the energy of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.