A meteor has exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

A large meteor strike has been reported in Chalyabinsk on Friday morning at 05:20 GMT. Reports indicate major damage to buildings, including a roof collapse at a zinc factory, and at least 500 people injured, many from broken glass, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings. Asteroid 2012 DA14 (~45 m in diameter) will race past the Earth on Friday at a distance of just 27,700km – the closest ever predicted for an object of that size. However, indications from the Chelyabinsk meteor’s path suggest that the two events are entirely unrelated.

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