BY THE NUMBERS: The Destructive Power Of The Russian Meteor

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The bus-sized meteor that streaked overhead in Russia had a blast equivalent of approximately 20 atomic bombs, injured more than 1,000 people, and struck panic throughout Moscow, a city of more than one million residents.

Here are some more stunning estimates regarding the meteor:

• The space rock struck Earth's atmosphere with a force of about 300 kilotons, or 25 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

• The 55 foot-wide meteor was comprised mostly of iron, weighed about 10,000 tons, and was traveling 40,000 mph when it exploded, according to NASA.

The shock wave shattered 50 acres of glass in the windows of more than 4,000 buildings in Russia's Chelyabinsk region during a frigid winter. Nearly 60 percent of the windows have reportedly been replaced.

• “The impact wave and blast damaged around 297 homes, 12 schools, a number of other social facilities, and some industrial sites,” according to Russian Minister of Civil Defence Vladimir Puchkov.

About 1,200 people were injured — largely by flying glass — and 40 were still hospitalized as of Sunday.

More than 24,000 workers and volunteerswith " 3,000 pieces of equipment and 8 aircraft at their disposal" — mobilized to the region to cover windows, gather food and make other relief efforts in the face of an estimated $33 million in damages.

• The meteor reportedly left a 20-foot-wide hole in Chebarkul Lake ( about 50 miles outside the city) , and Russian scientists say they've found fragments of it.

The aftermath of the extraterrestrial rock has attracted "meteor hunters" looking to cash in on the " once in a lifetime event. "  NASA said  the  meteor  was  the largest reported fireball since  the Tunguska event in 1908 .



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