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1,000 Injured When Meteorite Falls To Earth In Russia

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A 10-ton meteor fragment fell to Earth in the Russia mountains overnight, sparking dozens of explosions and injuring nearly 1,000 people, the nation now says.

Check out this video that was taken in an area about 900 miles east of Moscow.

Falling chunks of the meteorite caused blasts that led to the injuries, mostly due to broken, falling glass.

Scientists say this meteor is not connected to an asteroid that is expected to make a pass by Earth today.

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Scientists say this asteroid poses no risk to Earth.

The Franklin Institute's chief astronomer, Derrick Pitts, joined "Good Day" on Friday morning to answer questions about these incidents. Click here to watch that interview.

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