Skooter reports 02/16/13
In the Ural mountains, a 20,000-strong team has been deployed as part of a rescue and clean-up operation following Friday's meteor strike, Russia's emergency ministry says.
The operation was ordered byto assist some 1,200 people who were injured, including 200 children, mostly by shattered glass. Windows were blown out by shockwave and shook buildings around Chelyabinsk. Up on the clear morning sky, a fireball splashed through, followed by loud explosions.
In a lake near Chebarkul, a town in Chelyabinsk region, a huge meteorite gone down, and Friday morning's spectacular passage was witnessed hundreds of kilometers away.
Mr Putin had thanked God that no massive fragments of the 10-tonne meteor which was believed to be made of iron and travelling at some 30 km or19 miles per second had plummeted in populated areas.
It had penetrated the Earth's atmosphere and broke apart 30-50 km or 20-30 miles above ground, Russia's Academy of Sciences said, letting loose several kilotonnes of energy which is the equivalent of a small atomic weapon.