Over 1,500 hurt in meteorite event in Chelyabinsk region

Some 1,552 people were hurt in the meteorite event in the Chelyabinsk region, the regional health ministry reported on Tuesday.

"As of noon of February 19, 1,552 people, including 319 children, had asked for medical assistance. Sixty-one of them (13 children) were hospitalized," the report said.

Forty-seven people, including four children, are receiving hospital treatment. One is in serious condition.

Earlier reports said 1,491 people, including 311 children, needed medical aid.

A meteorite exploded in the Urals skies on February 14. Most of the debris fell over Chelyabinsk and Kopeysk. Window glass was broken in many homes by the blast wave.

NASA said the Chelyabinsk meteorite weighed about 10,000 tons and estimated energy released in the meteorite explosion at 500 kilotons or 30 times larger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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