Mitchell Reports | February 15, 2013
>> that was the terrifying sound caught on tape in central russia after a meteorite slammed into a nearby mountain region. dozens were hospitalized. nearly 1,000 other residents suffered minor injuries, and fallen debris and the impact of the meteorite's powerful landing. right now nasa is keeping close watch over an asteroid as it hurdles about 17,000 miles above the earth's surface. a record-setting approach near our planet and apparently it's under 50 feet wide. tom costello joins me from the newsroom. tom, what do we know so far about what happened in russia ?
>> it was absolutely unbelievable. it was spectacular. what's kind of interesting here is so many people in russia these days have these little go pro cameras because they want to capture when they're hit in a traffic accident or official corruption. we have many views of this asteroid traveling at 33,000 miles per hour slamming into the earth's atmosphere above southwestern russia . this happened at 9:15 this morning. this town has a million people in it. thankfully most of the debris actually fell outside of the town, but it blew out the windows in nearly every single building and in many, many homes, and keep in mind, these are soviet era designs, so they're not terribly well built. a short time ago i talked to a canadian who was living there in that particular part of russia because he is a professional hockey player. michael says the shock wave from that meteor shook his apartment building , and he says the lights began to sway.
>> it blew the vents out of my bathroom, and there was debris on the floor, and i'm up on the 23rd floor, and i could feel the building swaying, so i didn't see the meteor go by, but as soon as i went and looked out the window, i saw this giant streak that had come across, and i was terrified at that point. i didn't know what it was.
>> now, a lot of people in this area also were concerned that there may have been an incident that a nearby nuclear plant or a military base. thankfully, that wasn't the case. thankfully all these pieces of the meteor actually fell again outside of the town. some cases into a lake. a very close call with 1,000 people suffering injuries of some sort, thankfully, most were minor. andrea.
>> tom costello, thank you very