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Meteor shock wave causes damage to Russian zinc store

Keywords: Tags  Chelyabinsk, zinc storage plant, meteorite shower, zinc, Russian plant

LONDON — JSC Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant suffered a wall collapse at its concentrates storage facility in Russia Feb. 15 after the site was hit by the shock wave from a meteorite shower, according to media reports.

The meteorite fell into a lake near Chebarkul after breaking up above the Chelyabinsk region in western Russia that morning, according to a Bloomberg report.

A spokesman for Ural Mining & Metallurgical Co., parent company of Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant, was quoted as saying that the plant was operating as usual.

There were no injuries during the incident, the BBC said.

Chelyabinsk was still able to conclude an indium and cadmium tender Feb. 15 despite the meteorite shower, AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin was told.

Russian pipemaker JSC Chelyabinsk Tube-Rolling Plant (ChelPipe) also suffered minor damage at a mill in Chelyabinsk, it said, noting that some windows at its workshops and offices were shattered by the shock wave that followed the shower.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.

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