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Russian police investigate online sales of meteorite fragments

English.news.cn   2013-02-19 00:51:54            
 Russian police are checking out information that meteorite fragments were being sold online.
 • Some websites reportedly posted advertisements offering alleged meteorite pieces for sale.
 • Scientists said Monday they have found some pieces of the meteorite in the Chebarkul lake.

 

Video: Fragments of Russian meteorite found

Video: Nearly 1,200 injured by meteor explosion in Russia

Photo: 1,200 injured, many houses damaged as meteorite hits Russia's Urals

 

 
A TV screen grab taken from 24 channel of the Russian State Television shows a scientific researcher holding a meteor fragments found in the chebarkul lake region near Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 18, 2013. Scientists have found fragments of a meteor that exploded over Russia's central Urals and triggered a shock wave that injured hundreds and shattered scores of windows, experts said Monday. (Xinhua)

 

MOSCOW, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Russian police are checking out information that fragments of a meteorite that struck Chelyabinsk city in Russia's Urals region on Friday were being sold online, local media reported on Monday.

"Information (that) appeared on the Internet about sale of the meteorite's pieces has been thoroughly studied, (and) a decision will be made upon completion of the investigation," Spokeswoman for the Chelyabinsk Interior Department Angela Chirkova told the RIA Novosti news agency on Monday.

Shortly after the rare event, in which nearly 1,200 people were injured by the meteorite explosion over Chelyabinsk, some websites reportedly posted advertisements offering alleged meteorite pieces for sale. Prices ranged from 100 to 1,000 rubles each (about 3 to 33 U.S. dollars).

The vendors claimed that they had collected the small rocks from the site of the Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant, which was slightly damaged by the meteorite's blast wave.

Russian scientists said on Monday that they have found some pieces of the meteorite in the Chebarkul lake near Chelyabinsk.

But some scientists hold that no large remnants could exist, as the meteorite was mainly composed of ice which almost completely evaporated during its entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

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