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Would this be an ELE? (Extinction Level Event). NASA has estimated that an impact from Apophis, would release more than 100,000 times the energy released in the nuclear blast over Hiroshima, directly affecting thousands of square kilometers and the whole of the Earth would see the effects of the dust released into the atmosphere.
This could result in disastrous changes in the climate, affecting crop cycles leading to several hundred million deaths due to starvation.
Originally posted by fooffstarr
As others have said, this asteroid should be the LEAST of our worries.
We first have to deal with the problems we have NOW. Let's focus a bit more on taking back some rights, stopping the destruction of the environment and ending illegal wars.
Nothing against you Mike, you are only a messenger, but i think stressing about an asteroid that may hit in 30 years time is a bit impractical.
Originally posted by Nohup
So I guess we're pretty much screwed unless we're saved by Superman, or maybe the Prince of Space.
Originally posted by amitheone
If an asteroid hits (M-class), the chances of it landing in the oceans are large. 70% of the Earth is covered with water.
If it lands in the oceans, it would kill all marine animals around the radius of the impact site. The immense heat of the iron asteroid upon impact will fragment it and then it's iron content would probably color the oceans into a reddish hue.
This impact will also create mega tsunamis that will destroy cities near the coastal areas and flood them. Ships, ocean liners, etc. will be destroyed.
But, this would not be an ELE.
Using criteria developed in this research, new measurements possible in 2013 (if not 2011) will likely confirm that in 2036 Apophis will quietly pass more than 49 million km (30.5 million miles; 0.32 AU) from Earth on Easter Sunday of that year (April 13).