Russian authorities halted their search Sunday for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals last week, leaving about 1,200 people injured and damaging several thousand buildings.
The 10-tonne space rock streaked over the Chelyabinsk region in central Russia in a blinding fireball on Friday just as the world was braced for a close encounter with a large asteroid.
With air temperatures at around minus 17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Farenheit), Russian divers spent Saturday scouring a frozen lake believed to be the impact site, but the emergency ministry has now decided to focus on repair works in the region instead, a spokesman told AFP.
"Divers worked there, but we didn't find anything," said spokesman Vyacheslav Ladonkin.
He said the ministry considered that a circular eight-metre hole in the frozen lake Chebarkul, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the city of Chelyabinsk, was not caused by any extraterrestrial body.
"We believe it was caused by something else," he said. "A decision has been made to stop the search. It will not be continued today."
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