Shocking! Asteroid Strike! This scary Asteroid just collided with Earth; check details NOW
Yesterday, NASA showed that four dangerous asteroids were going to fly past the Earth virtually within hours of each other. But now, it appears that one of the asteroids has actually crashed into Earth! Shocking, but true, there was an asteroid strike on our home planet. In the early hours of March 12, an asteroid named 2022 EB5 crashed into an isolated location on the coast of Greenland. The other three asteroids, which were much larger in size, luckily made safe passages and did not come close to us. The event has again given us a reminder on how scary these space rocks can be if they shift even a little from their predetermined orbits and make a way for the Earth. Read on to check out the details.
Asteroid 2022 EB5 crashes into the Earth
In what could have been a scary reality for our planet, the asteroid EB5 has actually collided with the Earth. The impact details were shared by Peter Brown, a meteor scientist and faculty of science in the Western University, Canada. Posting on Twitter, the scientist wrote, “Infrasound detection from 2022 EB5 impact off the coast of Iceland at I37NO between 2223-2227 UTC. Below is I18DK infrasound data in Greenland. Arrival near 2340 UTC. From this data yield is approximately 2-3 kT TNT. At 15 km/s, this is roughly 3-4 m diameter.”
The asteroid was calculated to be around 1.2 mtr by NASA, but Brown’s calculations highlighted that it was close to 3-4 m diameter. The asteroid’s speed was mind-boggling! It was noted to be around 15 km/s. For reference, that is around 5 times faster than the speed of sound. At its velocity, the asteroid strike to Earth would have resulted in a damage equivalent to 2-3 kiloton of TNT explosive. Again, for reference, this is close to an explosion caused by 5 grenades simultaneously.
Luckily for Earth, the impact took place in an isolated location and did not cause any casualties. The damage was also minimized due to its relatively smaller size, which must have been reduced further due to friction in the atmosphere. However, if one of the other three asteroids hit us, it would have been massively destructive. For instance, the asteroid 2015 DR215 is 910 feet wide. If an asteroid of that size struck Earth, it could cause large scale localized damage and even generate earthquakes and tsunamis.