Russian region begins recovery from meteor fall
CHELYABINSK (AP) - A small army of workers set to work on Saturday to replace the estimated 200,000 sq m of windows shattered by the shock wave from a meteor that exploded over Russia's Chelyabinsk region.
The astonishing Friday morning event blew out windows in more than 4,000 buildings in the region, mostly in the capital city of the same name and injured some 1,200 people, largely with cuts from the flying glass.
Fifteen of the injured remained hospitalised on Saturday, one of them in a coma, the regional health ministry said, according to the Interfax news agency.
Regional governor Mikhail Yurevich said on Saturday that damage from the high-altitude explosion - estimated to have the force of 20 atomic bombs - is estimated at 1 billion rubles (S$40.8 million). He promised to have all the broken windows replaced within a week.