maxheck: JackieRabbit:"According to the Mail Online, if an asteroid of the same size collided with the Earth, it could destroy a small city. Its destruction would be half of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb."No, it would not. An asteroid of this size would be largely vaporized in the upper atmosphere and any surviving fragments would be quite small. Fortunately, asteroids don't work the way OMFG! reporters want them to.It's not the surviving fragments that hurt, it's the blast it creates braking.Think of the energy that would be required to loft a 25' rock to escape velocity in a matter of seconds. That's how much energy the rock would dump into the atmosphere slowing down to nothing and disintegrating.That's a big honking fireball and resultant shockwave... In the worst case where it was coming straight down over the hypothetical small city it would be like a hammer from God even if the entire rock was vaporized.There's not much left of atomic bombs when they're done exploding either, but they don't do damage through their fragments.
CeroX: What a 25' meteor looks like after passing through the Atmosphere:[www.towercrystals.com image 450x334]
gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.
Percise1: Next time you see your mother, slap her for me.
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