University of Southampton – The asteroid belt is the place to look for asteroids of all shapes and sizes. There are 1 million asteroids scattered in the vast realms of our solar system, according to a report dated July 1, 2015.
13,000 have been discovered to date, and 500 of these have the potential to strike the earth.
If the asteroid were to strike the land, it could virtually wipe out an entire country but the story does not end here.
If the asteroid were to hit the ocean, it could create tsunamis of gargantuan proportion that can destroy vast coastlines across the globe.
The UK isn’t in the line of any future asteroid strike. However, using the software called Armor, University of Southampton researcher’s team, has deduced that the UK will be at grave risk if an asteroid were to strike in the North Sea or the Atlantic Ocean.
The US is largely unaffected, but Florida and Louisiana could be hit and South Australia is also at a risk.
Researcher Clemens Rump describes a scenario when an asteroid strikes water. The biggest problem is a tsunami and Britain is an island with a significant coastline and dark density of population, and so it is a big risk.
Scientists are hoping to join hands with organizations like United Nations to use the software to create a plan of action in the event of an asteroid impact.
The last major asteroid hit endured by Earth was the Tunguska impact in 1908. It slammed into the planet with the force of 1,000 atom bombs and obliterated an area of 830 square miles.
Asteroid Day 2015 is a campaign designed to make the world aware of space related threats to the population. The scenario may have been overrated in Hollywood flicks, but the possibility of a future catastrophe in the form of an asteroid hit is always there.