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Photo gallery: Meteor explodes over Russia

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people. The spectacle deeply frightened many Russians, with some declaring that the world was coming to an end. Many of the injured were cut by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what the source was for such an intense flash of light.

Here's a look at photos from the event and its aftermath.

(Photos via The Associated Press)

In this photo provided by Chelyabinsk.ru, a meteorite contrail is seen Friday over Russia's Chelyabinsk region, about 930 miles east of Moscow.
In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera, a meteorite contrail is seen Friday over Russia's Chelyabinsk region.
In this frame grab from a dashboard video camera provided by the Nasha Gazeta newspaper, a meteorite contrail is seen Friday from a Russian highway.
In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera, a minivan passes a zinc factory building in Chelyabinsk, Russia, with about 6,000 square feet of roof collapsed from a meteorite strike.
In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera, a meteorite contrail is seen Friday over Russia's Chelyabinsk region.
In this photo provided by Chelyabinsk.ru, a woman cleans away glass debris from a window after a meteorite explosion Friday over Russian's Chelyabinsk region.
In this photo provided by Chelyabinsk.ru, municipal workers repair damaged electric power circuit outside a zinc factory building after Friday's meteor explosion over Russia's Chelyabinsk region.
In this photo provided by E1.ru, a meteorite contrail is seen Friday over the Russian village of Bolshoe Sidelnikovo.
In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera, a meteorite contrail is seen Friday in Russia's Chelyabinsk region.
A local resident repairs a window broken by a shock wave from Friday's meteor explosion over Russia's Chelyabinsk region.
A circular hole in the ice of Russia's Chebarkul Lake where a meteorite reportedly struck Friday.
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