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Russia halts search for meteorite in stricken region

Published on Feb 17, 2013 8:14 PM
 
A handout photo taken on Feb 15, 2013, and provided by Chelyabinsk region police department shows a police officer standing near a 6m hole in the ice of a frozen lake, reportedly the site of a meteor fall, outside the town of Chebakul in the Chelyabinsk region. Russian authorities halted their search on Sunday for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals last week. -- PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / CHELYABINSK REGION POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHELYABINSK, Russia (AFP) - Russian authorities halted their search on Sunday for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals last week, leaving about 1,200 people injured and damaging several thousand buildings.

The 10-tonne space rock streaked over the Chelyabinsk region in central Russia in a blinding fireball on Friday just as the world was braced for a close encounter with a large asteroid.

Residents of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1.1 million and the centre of Russia's heavy industry, were struggling to pick up the pieces and replace thousands of blown-out windows in time for Monday, when schools are set to reopen.

Despite an intensive search of a frozen lake where fisherman found a large hole they thought was caused by the meteorite, no remnants have been found.

 
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