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Asteroids: Apophis asteroid can potentially cause environmental disasters
From all the asteroids that have made a close encounter with Earth and passing through the planet’s orbit, this may be potentially the most dangerous one yet. In the event that this particular asteroid passes into Earth, then it could result in environmental disasters.
Express reports that the asteroid named 99942 Apophis may be colliding into Earth. The 370-meter wide space rock may cause a catastrophe of a global scale. The asteroid is named after Apophis, the ancient Egyptian god of evil, darkness, and destruction. Scientists believe that the impact the asteroid would give if it were ever to hit the Earth would also result in a very large crater that measures over a mile in width and a depth of 518 meters.
But the major concern is the impact itself, which is equivalent to 880 million tons of TNT that are detonated. This is 65,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb that dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during the war. An expert, Steve Baker of LetsRunWithIt.com explained how much damage that this aptly named asteroid could leave on the Earth if it makes it past the atmosphere.
Baker said that if the asteroid were to land in the ocean instead of on land, then it would cause tsunamis. But the tsunamis it would cause would be no different than the tsunamis that occurred years back.
However, despite determining the potential damage it could cause, NASA predicts that there is only a 2.7 percent chance of Apophis actually coming into the Earth. Studying the asteroid’s orbit of the Sun, NASA was able to effectively determined the chances of Apophis actually entering the planet.
Despite this determining factor, many experts are still worried about the asteroid’s potential collision on 12th April 2068. NASA predicts a one in 150,000 chance of a collision of Apophis on Earth at that time.
End Times author Bryan Walsh still believes that getting impacted by an asteroid would be more likely than a person getting killed in an airplane crash. However, recent years saw a number of airplane accidents that resulted in over 50 casualties.