Just assume, speaking purely theoretically, that Bruce Willis in fact couldn’t, armed with a vile air chisel, prevent an asteroid a thousand kilometers wide from impacting Earth (sure, we’re leaning too far out the window right now).
If we assume this highly unlikely case and if an asteroid actually hits our planet at full force? Or even more insolent: What if one of those shards took your hometown under fire? How big will the damage be?
The interactive map answers all of these questions asteroid bombers Answer. In a way, it’s the awful twin brother of Google Maps.
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What if an asteroid hit Munich?
The tool simulates the impacts of asteroids of any size in any location with all its immediate consequences. So you can choose the crucial parameters freely. In this article, we have chosen a sample of 500 meters at a speed of 17 kilometers per second, which reaches the capital of Bavaria and therefore also the headquarters of GameStar.
Let’s put it this way: If this really happens, you won’t find any great new articles on our website for a while.
In the 9.7-kilometer-wide crater, we’d like to, including one A quarter of a million Munich residents are evaporating faster than you can blink. And this will be the best way for us, so to speak. Better, at least, than to be swallowed up in a nine-mile fireball with a million and a half poor people.
Almost a million more people will fall victim to the shock wave and about 900,000 more gusts of wind at a speed of 4 kilometers per second. And 11,000 people will be killed as a result of the earthquake, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.
The James Webb Space Telescope offers:
A two-centuries-old storm larger than the entire Earth
The survivors were the hardest hit. Hundreds of thousands will suffer severe external and internal burns for the rest of their lives.
How realistic is such a scenario?
Research assumes that asteroids with a diameter of 50 meters strike Earth approximately every 100 years. Over populated areas and provided they do not explode in the atmosphere, these shards can cause catastrophic damage. It’s a good thing that most of the surface of our planet is uninhabited (by humans).
Larger specimens of 1 km in diameter and more are expected to occur approximately every 1,000 years. And planet-killers like the one that is said to have wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago are even rarer—about every 50 million years. The following video shows how NASA really wants to fend off an asteroid:
Almost like in a movie: NASA wants a spacecraft to crash into an asteroid
Finally, the proper seriousness of the topic: Because for all the tongue with which the article begins, no matter how likely an asteroid collision may be, humanity has already had to experience a similar catastrophe.
The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945 killed nearly a quarter of a million people that same year. 100,000 were killed outright, and another 130,000 died from subsequent damage. In the years that followed, more casualties were added.
So we hope that nuclear bombing will be a thing of the past and large asteroid impacts will remain science fiction and in the hands of Bruce Willis. We have more exciting stuff from the world of technology and science for you here:
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