Meteor explodes in Russia injuring several

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A large meteor exploded in Chelyabinsk, Russia sending a shockwave that shattered windows and injured about 1,200 people Thursday.

Most of the reported injuries were caused by broken glass, the Los Angeles Times said. 40 people remained in the hospital Saturday out of the 1,200 people who sought medical treatment for their injuries, the Washington Post said.

"The meteor, traveling at about 40,000 mph, unleashed the energy of 20 Hiroshima-size bombs as it detonated in the atmosphere," the Washington Post said.

Drivers observed burning streaks that lit up the sky, the Los Angeles Times said.

About 200,000 police and emergency workers have begun to try and get the city and region cleaned up, the Washington Post said.

The governor estimated the total damage to be about $33 million, but many officials believe the number will increase. He also announced that 200,000 square meters of glass needed to be replaced, which is about 50 acres worth, the Washington Post said.

Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister, pushed for implementation of a system that would protect against future meteors, asteroids and comets and their sonic booms, the Washington Post said.

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