By Christina Munnell
Nearly 1,000 people were injured when a meteor struck a Russian community Friday morning, officials said.
The meteor that crashed into the Chelyabinsk region at around 9:20 a.m. local time created hysteria among Russian citizens, as more than 200 children were injured in the crash, CNN reported.
Approximately 3,000 buildings were damaged as a result of the crash, officials said. Most of the ruins coming from shattered glass.
"We must above all think about how to help people. And not just think, we must act," President Vladmir Putin told The Moscow Times.
Many people, including NASA spokesman Steve Cole, said tracking these kinds of meteors is tough. The meteor came as a surprise to him as it did to most, officials said.
"Because meteoroids are small, they are hard to spot and there is often little warning that they are heading toward Earth," Cole reported in CNN.
Currently, about 20,000 emergency response workers are being mobilized to help with the meteor's aftershock, officials said.