Divers Remove Giant Meteorite from Russian Lake

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_65df92a4cd.jpgAFP/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Divers in Russia have removed a half-ton, five-foot-wide meteorite that plunged into a lake earlier this year when a fiery meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia, a sky event that was captured by numerous video cameras. Sergey Zamozdra, an associate professor at Chelyabinsk State University, told the Interfax news agency, “The preliminary examination...shows that this is really a fraction of the Chelyabinsk meteorite."

Still, Zamozdra adds, “This chunk is most probably one of the top 10 biggest meteorite fragments ever found.”

The BBC reports the meteorite was pulled ashore and placed on a scale that broke as the rock hit the 1,255-pound mark.

More than 1,200 people were injured, mostly from shattered glass, on Feb. 15 when the meteor, estimated at 55 feet in diameter, fell from the sky.  The event resulted in some $33 million in property damage.

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