The only time before Earth is struck by a mega asteroid, the effect of which could be multiple times stronger than a nuclear bomb, based on a study by a leading scientist. The warning came after 2006 QQ23, an asteroid bigger than the Eiffel Tower, nearly missed the planet. On Saturday had 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 potent than the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
President of the California based B612 non-profit foundation, Danica Remy, delivered the stark discovery. 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 much more devastating because the one that hit 66 million years ago 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. Probably hazardous asteroids are presently outlined, based mostly on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make scarily close approaches to the Earth
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 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.