Russian authorities have reportedly sent a 20,000-strong team to the Ural Mountains to help with the rescue and clean-up operation after a meteor struck the area.
The 10-ton meteor, thought to be made of iron, exploded over the Chelyabinsk region in southern Russia yesterday morning.
More than 1,000 people were injured when the meteor, which was travelling at over 54,000mph, streaked through the atmosphere and created a sonic boom.
Hundreds of people were injured when glass shattered in countless windows in the area.
According to Russia's Academy of Sciences, the meteor broke apart 30-50km (20-30 miles) above the Earth's surface, releasing several kilotonnes of energy - the same as a small atomic weapon - the BBC said.
Russians cried out 'the world is ending' as meteor hit
As a meteor streaked at supersonic speed across the clear skies of Russia, people cried out in panic that the world was ending. Hundreds were injured, as the shockwaves from a huge sonic blast shattered windows and buckled roofs and walls.
Fragments of the exploding meteor fell to earth in central Russia, around the city of Chelyabinsk, a thousand miles east of Moscow.