If you are one of those curious people wondering about what would happen if an asteroid struck Earth, scientists have finally have an answer for you.
In a recent study conducted in the University of Southampton, researchers have considered different effects of such impact including heat, flying debris, tsunamis, wind blast, seismic shaking, and cratering. Afterwards, they used a computer model to see the outcomes and conclude which effects are more likely to kill most people.
In a recent paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists have detailed their studies. The research was conducted within the framework of coherent comparison to understand the possible outcome of such catastrophic event. For example, Tsunamis can have different impact on the civilization as generally, it impacts people inland different extent to those who are on the coast.
In order to find out how an asteroid impact would affect the civilization, the researchers hit the Earth with 50,000 asteroids at different location and estimated how much damages would be caused by such impacts.
Researchers found out that wind blast and shock waves are most likely to cause the most damages over a prolonged period of time as they would be responsible for approximately 60percent of the total lost lives. Such findings are pretty credible as one of the most memorable events came during the impact in the event in 1908, which destroyed 770 square miles of Russian forest.
Researchers conducting the research pointed out that such study is useful to give advice to people in case such events take place in future. While damages of such events cannot be avoided completely, suggestions based on such scenarios would help to mitigate damages during such event.
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