An asteroid hitting Earth sounds pretty terrifying (for obvious reasons), and this is what it would look like if a cataclysmic event were to happen on our planet tomorrow.
Earth is pretty resilient having survived several major mass extinctions. The most recent, the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction some 66 million years ago.
But what if an asteroid with a diameter of 310 miles wide landed in the Pacific Ocean in this day and age?
7 billion people inhabit the planet today. If it took at least 90-95% of life — as it did with the “Great Dying” — over 5 billion people would vanish into ash and fire.
These pictures below were taken from the Asteroid Impact Simulation, which paints a vivid picture of what would actually occur if a large asteroid were to hit our planet.
We broke the video down to show you exactly what happens, but make sure to watch the incredible video at the end of this article. Lets get started.
An asteroid with a diameter of roughly 310 miles heading toward Earth
Exact destination: The Pacific Ocean
The impact peels the 6 miles of crust off the surface
The shockwave travels at hypersonic speeds destroying anything in its path
Debris is blasted across into low Earth orbit….
and returns to destroy the surface of the Earth
The firestorm encircles the Earth….
vaporizing all life in its way
Within one day, the surface of the Earth is uninhabitable
The evidence shows that this has happened at least six times in Earth’s history… and tomorrow might be number 7
Now check out the incredible simulation
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