19 February 2013 17:45 | By Santirta Martendano, PlasaMSN
PHOTOS: Deep impact of giant meteors

In light of the destructive meteor shower in Russia's Urals region last week, we take a look at the impact of other giant space fragments which hit Earth millions of years ago.



METEOR (© James L. Amos/Corbis)
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Barringer Crater, Arizona: A huge hole was formed 49,000 years ago in the middle of the US' Arizona desert when a thousand tons of nickel-iron meteorite hit the Earth at a speed of 40,000 miles per hour.

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