The only matter of time before Earth is struck by a mega asteroid, the effect of which could possibly be many times stronger than a nuclear bomb, based on a leading scientist. The warning came after 2006 QQ23, an asteroid bigger than the Eiffel Tower, narrowly missed the planet. On Saturday is passed within 4.6 million miles of Earth, a close shave in space travel terms, while moving at 10,400 miles per hour.
Had it struck the planet the resulting explosion may have been 500 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.
Danica Remy, president of the California based B612 non-profit foundation, delivered the stark discover.
Speaking to NBC News, he stated: “It’s 100 % sure that we’re going to get hit. However, it’s not 100 % sure when.”
An asteroid the size of 2006 QQ23 might flatten a city, probably killing millions.
Previous asteroid strikes have been even more devastating, such because the one that hit 66 million years ago triggering the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Nonetheless, in keeping with Mr. Remy, any strike is more likely to be smaller, with a more localized influence.
He commented: “The type of devastation that we’d be is more of at a regional level than a planetary level.
“Nevertheless, it’s still going to have a global impact on transportation, networking, weather, and climate.”
NASA believes it has listed all the asteroids which can be at least one kilometer in size, and none of these listed are presently on a collision course with Earth.