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In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera, a meteorite contrail is seen in Chelyabinsk region on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergey Hametov). In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera, a meteorite contrail is seen in Chelyabinsk region on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergey Hametov).

MOSCOW (AP) -- With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.

A circular hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake
where a meteor reportedly struck the lake near
Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow,
 Russia, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo)

While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, the fireball it produced was dramatic. Video shot by startled residents of the city of Chelyabinsk showed its streaming contrails as it arced toward the horizon just after sunrise, looking like something from a world-ending science-fiction movie.

The largest recorded meteor strike in more than a century occurred hours before a 150-foot asteroid passed within about 17,000 miles (28,000 kilometers) of Earth. The European Space Agency said its experts had determined there was no connection between the asteroid and the Russian meteor - just cosmic coincidence.

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 videos from the event and its aftermath.

Footage from inside office during impact of the Chelyabinsk, Russia meteorite

Impact video of the Chelyabinsk, Russia meteorite

Impact video of the Chelyabinsk, Russia meteorite

Impact video of the Chelyabinsk, Russia meteorite

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