| The largest fragment so far of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded on February 15 is retrieved from Chebarkul lake. (Source: cntv.cn)
BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian divers have retrieved the largest fragment so far of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over the southern Urals back on February 15.
Pieces of the meteorite - the largest recorded strike in more than a century - crashed into the bottom of Lake Chebarkul in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region. Divers searched for the fragments in the lake for two months before finding the meteorite chunk.
The fragment was weighed using a giant steelyard balance, which displayed 570 kilograms before it broke.
More than 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave explosion as the meteor crashed. The force of the shock wave was estimated to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs. The dramatic footage of the meteorite falling to earth was filmed by witnesses.