Mount Everest-sized Comet Heading Towards Earth

Mount Everest-sized Comet Heading Towards Earth

What Happens If a Mount Everest-Sized Meteor Hits Earth?

Mount Everest-sized Comet Heading Towards Earth: Many believe that the most dangerous thing on Earth is man, but how many know what happens if a Mount Everest-sized meteor strikes? It might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s not far-fetched. In fact, some scientists believe that there is a high probability of such an event happening in the future.

The impact of such an event would be catastrophic. A meteor roughly the size of Australia hitting Earth would have a devastating impact on our planet, and it would take us quite some time to recover from its effects. We’ve put together everything you need to know about what happens if a meteor larger than Mount Everest hits Earth.

What is a Meteor?

A meteor is a large mass of dust and ice that is orbiting the Sun in a gravitational field. While many asteroids also come under this umbrella, we’re going to be talking about meteors here. A meteor can be any size from a dust particle to something the size of a mountain.

The only real requirement is that it is a large mass. A meteor made of iron is going to be much more destructive than one composed of aluminum. Some meteors are made of rock, while others contain ice. The composition of a meteor can greatly impact its potential to cause damage on Earth.

Why are Meteors Dangerous?

First and foremost, a meteor impact is dangerous because it is a large object impacting the Earth. The possibility that something like this could happen does not make the Earth any more likely to be hit by an asteroid. It’s important to remember that asteroids have never been shown to cause a problem for humans.

That being said, a large asteroid impact could result in significant damage to large parts of the Earth’s surface, and in some cases, even a significant loss of life.

How would a Mount Everest-Sized Meteor Strike Earth?

A meteor that is about Mount Everest-sized would have a diameter of about 43-46 meters (142-148 feet). This means that it would be large enough to produce a powerful air shockwave, like a sonic boom, when it passed through the atmosphere. The size of the meteor is what would cause the damage and it would also affect how far the meteor would travel before hitting the ground.

A smaller meteor would travel a shorter distance, maybe only a few thousand feet, while a larger one might travel many miles before it hit the Earth. There are many factors that would affect how far the meteor would travel before hitting the Earth, including how much wind there is, how flat or hilly the ground where it landed happens to be, and the meteor’s composition. A large portion of the meteor’s impact would be due to the air shockwave produced by the meteor itself.

The Aftermath of a Mount Everest-Sized Meteor Impact

Besides the damage caused to the Earth’s surface, a meteor impact is also dangerous for other reasons. After a large meteor impact, a flash flood happens as the water vapor in the air condenses into rain, which would cause flash flooding and landslides.

After the flash flood subsides, the ground becomes highly unstable as it shifts and cracks. This is called “lithification” and can lead to severe damage and even collapse of buildings. The lithification of the ground would be much more severe after a Mount Everest-sized impact.

Conclusion

A meteor of this size hitting the Earth would be extremely destructive and dangerous. The impact would send a powerful air shockwave that would cause damage to buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure, as well as cause flash flooding and landslides.

There would likely be a significant loss of life, and many would be left homeless and without food or water as supplies would be disrupted after the impact. Fortunately, we’ve seen no indication that this will happen anytime soon, so we can relax a little and enjoy our day without worrying about a disaster coming to end our existence.

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