Russians say a meteor that exploded above the central Ural Mountains on Friday and injured hundreds of people looked like a nuclear blast out of a movie.
“I woke up hearing a blast. It felt like the whole building jumped up,” said Igor Chudnovsky, a commercial director in the town of Chelyabinsk. “I saw a light, it looked like it was from a nuclear explosion, like I had seen in documentaries.”
As many as 1,000 people say they were hurt by glass that shattered from the sonic wave created by the explosion of the 11-ton meteor, Russia’s Emergency Ministry said.
above: over, on top of
to look like: to appear
a blast: an explosion
documentaries: informative films, educational films
to shatter: to break into pieces
sonic: of or referring to sound
ton: a measurement of weight = the weight of a semi-truck