Saturday, September 28, 2013

Almost 5-kilo Meteorite Piece Retrieved from Chebarkul Lake

Fragment of Chelyabinsk meteorite © Photo Aleut

Divers have retrieved another fragment of the meteorite that landed in the Chebarkul Lake in the Chelyabinsk region in February, Chebarkul city administration press secretary Lyubov Rudometova told Interfax on Friday. "Divers have retrieved the largest meteorite fragment so far with a weight of 4.8 kilograms," she said. The divers are searching for meteorite fragments at the depth of 16 meters. The water depth is ten meters and the rest is silt, Rudometova said.

The meteorite exploded in the sky above Chelyabinsk on February 15. The blast wave broke windows and damaged roofs of apartment, industrial and social buildings. More than 1,600 people were wounded and the material damages sustained amounted to nearly one billion rubles.

A large part of the meteorite is believed to be lying at the bottom of Chebarkul Lake.

Reportedly, the meteorite fragment of 50 to 90 centimeters is stuck in the silt at an approximate depth of nine meters. Divers have found several fragments and the largest piece is expected to be retrieved by October 4.

A previous large meteorite fragment of 3.4 kilograms was found by a local resident near the town of Timiryazevsky in the Chelyabinsk region in May.

Credit: interfax.com

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