Simulation Shows How Huge Asteroid Strike Would Play Out

Posted by on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

So, if a huge asteroid were to slam into Earth we probably wouldn’t feel a thing…

In a new study published by the University of Southampton in the U.K. we would see heat, pressure shock waves, flying debris, tsunamis, wind blasts, seismic shaking and cratering.

The worst of all of those would be the winds and the shock waves.

The wind could reach 1500 km/h which would destroy everything in its path. This would account for 60 percent of all deaths.

If a tsunami were generated in an ocean collision scenario, it is estimated that only 20 percent of the population would die.

It was all a computer simulation run that measured asteroids ranging from 15 meters to 400 meters.

Luckily these events are rare.

However, on Wednesday an asteroid that's more than 390 meters in size whizzed by the Earth.

The Team

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