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Saturday 20 December 2014

Meteor chunk recovered from lake

A chunk from the Chelyabinsk meteor, recovered from Chebarkul Lake near Chelyabinsk in Russia (AP)
A chunk from the Chelyabinsk meteor, recovered from Chebarkul Lake near Chelyabinsk in Russia (AP)

Russian scientists have recovered a giant chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteor from the bottom of the lake it crashed into.

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

Today, scientists recovered what could be the largest part of the meteor from Chebarkul Lake outside the city. They weighed it using a giant steelyard balance, which displayed 1,256lb (570kg) 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.

AP

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