2013 Russia Meteor Blast: Russians Unite to Clean Up and Fix the Damages

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By Jenalyn Villamarin | February 18, 2013 10:58 AM EST

In Russia, Chelyabinsk residents were stunned last Friday morning when a meteor blast unexpectedly destroyed windows of industrial establishments and injured almost 1,200 people. The traumatizing incident caused the Russians to unite in cleaning up the mess and fixing the damages that the meteor blast caused.

The meteor blast was compared to the impact strength of 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs as it shattered the estimated 200,000 square meters (49acres) of windows in Chelyabinsk. Several volunteers stepped forward on Saturday to replace and fix the damages over 4,000 city buildings as well as providing food and clothing to the meteor blast victims.

According to Governor Mikhail Yurevich, the meteor blast damage is estimated to be worth 1 billion rubles ($33 million). The governor assured the Chelyabinsk residents that all of the shattered windows will be replaced immediately.

A University student named Ksenia Arslanova expressed her contentment with the behavior of 1 million Chelyabinsk residents during and after the meteor blast. "People were kind of ironic about it. And that's a good thing that people didn't run to the grocery store. Everyone was calm. I'm proud that our city didn't fall into depression," the 19-year-old architecture student stated.

Meanwhile, the search for the major fragments of the meteor that struck Russia continues. In a statement released on late Friday, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed the estimated size and power of the 2013 Russia Meteor Blast.

"The meteor's size is now thought to be slightly larger, about 55 feet (17 m) wide, with the power of the blast estimate of about 500 kilotons, 30 kilotons higher than before," NASA officials stated.

Initially, the space rock's mass was estimated to be approximately 7,000 tons. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists in Pasadena, California revised the estimation and revealed that the meteor traveling at 40,000 mph (64,373 km/h) weighed about 10,000 tons when it exploded in Russia.

"These new estimates were generated using new data that had been collected by five additional infrasound stations located around the world, the first recording of the event being in Alaska, over 6,500 kilometers away from Chelyabinsk," the JPL officials explained in the released statement.

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