Local Russians Concerned For Familes After Meteor Strike

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CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI)-- Russians living in St. Louis are keeping a close eye on their homeland.  At Astoria Restaurant in Creve Coeur the owner and her friend spent much of the day watching news from Russia as well as calling friends and family in Russia.

Svetlana Podradinok said, “People are scared, Madden: People are scared? Of course.” She said some of the people told her they thought the explosion was the end of the world.  Her friend Aliya Khalikova said, “I think it’s very unfortunate it happens it’s very hard to predict and people were really scared.”

At the St. Louis Science Center meteors and asteroids were a hot topic among visitors and staff.  High School astronomy student Crystal August said, “It makes me nervous but it also makes me excited because I have something to talk to my astronomy teacher later.”

John Lakey the director of the planetarium commented on the explosion, “It’s pretty big deal one of the main things it happened in a populated area, event like this aren’t uncommon.”

The Science Center owns a meteor that weighs about 143 pounds, the one over Russia was estimated to weight about 20,000 more pounds.  Lakey said the meteors can come without warning and there is not much we can do to prepare for an event like the one in Russia.

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