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Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?

 
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Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
Obviously it won't but by its current size, if it did hit, how much damage we looking at?
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
It could level a small city.
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
In case of an impact it would have an explosive power of about 2.4 megatons tnt.
By comparison: The Tunguska-Event(30.06.1908),which exploded in 5km-10km height, had an explosive force between 10-15 megatons tnt.
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
"Earth Impact Effects Program"...
[link to impact.ese.ic.ac.uk]
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
end of the world
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
asteroids contain metals, unlike meteors and comets. It could also contain organic matter.

If it explodes in the air, it would be like tunguska.

If it hits, it will leave a crater, which could cause debris to be flung into the upper atmosphere.
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
It could level a small city.
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And severely disable any
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
I'm absolutely, 100% sure it isn't going to hit ... today.
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
Obviously it won't but by its current size, if it did hit, how much damage we looking at?
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2.4 million tons of dynamite if it did hit but this one is not really much to worry about as apophis its cousin comes in 2036.
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Re: Asteroid 2012 DA14.. How much damage COULD it do IF it were to hit us?
Depends where it hits. Massive loss of life if it hits anywhere near a populated area.

[link to www.nasa.gov]

: What would happen if DA14 were to impact Earth?

A: Asteroid 2012 DA14 will not impact Earth, but if another asteroid of a size similar to that of 2012 DA14 (about 150 feet across) were to impact Earth, it would release approximately 2.5 megatons of energy in the atmosphere and would be expected to cause regional devastation.

A comparison to the impact potential of an asteroid the size of 2012 DA14 could be made to the impact of a near-Earth object that occurred in 1908 in Tuguska, Siberia. Known in the asteroid community as the "Tunguska Event," this impact of an asteroid just slightly smaller than 2012 DA14 (approximately 100 – 130 feet/30-40 meters across) is believed to have flattened about 825 square miles (2200 square kilometers) of forest in and around the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia.

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