The strewnfield east of Yemanzhelinka, three days after the fall, February 18, 2013
The series of subsequent explosions that continued to an altitude of 15 km produced a shower of fragments of various sizes that descended as meteorites over an elliptic area of at least 65 x 6 km, stretching from the small village of Yemanzhelinsk, south of Chelyabinsk, to southwest of Chebarkul.
Around 09:20 YEKT, fishermen fishing from ice holes at the shore of Chebarkul Lake witnessed a large body impacting the ice of the lake: ‘First, a luminous spot appeared in the sky that rapidly increased in size and brightness. Then, an explosion was visible that produced about seven fragments, each flying in a different direction. One fell on the lake shore opposite the city, ejecting a column of water, ice and steam. A huge ice hole with a diameter of about 7-8 meters, perfectly round in shape, gaped in the ice.” The witnesses were convinced that the fragment impacting the lake must have been still hot since they had no other explanation for the steam and hissing sounds that came from the impact hole.
In the following days, this site was frequently visited by local and international TV-teams. Footage taken at the ice hole showed small sub-centimter sized fragments of the meteorite collected from the ice ejecta near the hole. Divers inspecting the lake bottom reported poor visibility conditions and did not find any larger masses, but a magnetic survey conducted in early March produced several large anomalies most likely representing meteoritic debris.
A selection of meteorite fragments collected in the first three days after the fall from Deputatsky and Yemanzhelinsk