NASA recently confirmed that it could divert a deadly asteroid from its path to Earth, but it still leaves people wondering how they would survive if it collided with our planet.
The last catastrophic impact occurred 66 million years ago, killing the dinosaurs, and some scientists believe that another “big impact” is to be expected.
With this inevitable doom hanging over the scientific community, researchers are tirelessly working on recommendations to help humanity survive.
The first step would be to destroy the asteroid before it’s too late, and while the US space agency seems to have covered that up, more than 2,000 potentially dangerous space rocks are waiting to slip out of their sight.
And in 2022, NASA launched the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) for humanity’s first planetary defense mission. The spacecraft’s target was a moon called Dimorphos around the parent asteroid Didyma.
And on March 1, 2023, NASA confirmed that the mission had been a resounding success.
“This is a proof-of-concept for kinetic impact technology for planetary defense,” said scientists at Northern Arizona University. “DART needed to prove that they could target an asteroid during a high-velocity impact and that the target’s orbit could be changed.” .”
The researchers said that the chance of a Chicxulub-sized asteroid colliding with our planet is once every 100 to 200 million years, but this event is not impossible.
And if NASA fails to scatter huge space rocks, experts believe the next best option is to leave the impact zone and move away from coastal areas.
And since the Earth is 71% water, there is a better chance that an asteroid will hit the ocean.
When this happens, the collision will cause a tsunami that will engulf all nearby lands.
A 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck underwater off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. It caused a powerful tsunami, which led to the collapse of 3 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and forced hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate from the area.
According to official figures released in 2021, 19,747 people died, 6,242 were injured and 2,556 people were missing as a result of the tsunami. And those that could result from a collision with an asteroid will be very destructive.
Another survival tip is to seek shelter underground.
However, when an asteroid hits, dust, debris and even poisonous gases are ejected, which can remain in the atmosphere for years and even decades.
Scientists believe that the safest place is an underground bunker.
Bunkers can be very expensive, ranging from $20,000 to $1 million or more, making these shelters more of a luxury than a necessity.
One company, The Vivos Group, is building $35,000 bunkers with a maximum capacity of 24 people.
The complex of such facilities in South Dakota accommodates 10,000 people and is proclaimed the “Backup Plan for Humanity.”
And if you’ve made it this far, after the impact, the scientists suggest staying in the shelter until you can prove the environment is safe.
This can be done by constantly checking the air outside to ensure levels are normal, making sure fires and floods are receding and acid rain is not falling from the sky.
One option eliminates the need for a survival guide and draws inspiration from the movie Don’t Look Up – Wait Until It’s Too Late and Accept the End of Mankind.
Released in January 2022, the film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, depicts two astronomers racing against time to warn the world of an impending asteroid that has destroyed the planet.
They learn about a comet approaching Earth in six months and 14 days and try to warn the world about this discovery, but people do not care about bad news about the future – the Earth and all living things are destroyed in a ball of flame.
Source: Daily Mail