Monday, February 25, 2013

Chelyabinsk Region Recovers from Meteor Crash

Emergency services have repaired most of the damage caused by a meteor that shook Russia’s Urals Region, the regional Emergencies Center reported on Sunday. A flaming meteorite streaked across the sky and slammed into central Russia on February 15 with a massive boom that blew out windows and damaged thousands of buildings around the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, injuring more than 1,000 people in the area. “As of February 24, restoration works were 78 percent complete. Radiation background levels are normal,” the Emergencies Center said. Since the works began, windows have been mended in over 5,700 buildings, including more than 4,700 residential buildings, 187 health care organizations, 609 educational establishments, 19 social and 79 cultural facilities. Over 24,000 workers and 4,300 pieces of equipment are involved in the effort to clear up the damage, which is estimated at 1 billion rubles ($33 million).

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