A meteor exploded in the sky above Russia on Friday, causing a shock wave that blew out windows and injuring hundreds of people. So this begs the question What if a Meteorite Struck the United States?
Let's take you back 35 million years ago, when a two mile diameter meteorite traveling at speeds of 134,000 mph slammed into the Atlantic Ocean (where Virgina is today). It vaporized billions of tons of ocean water, had a catastrophic explosion, which created a 24 mile-wide crater , devastating tsunami and caused glassy particles of melt rock to rain down as far away as Texas. So that’s a possibility
That meteorite explosion was equal to about 10 trillion pounds of TNT and created what is known today as the “Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater”
Scientist believe if another “Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater” were to hit it would have a profound impact on the entire globe.
The good news is that scientists are constantly monitoring objects in space and the effects such objects could have when they approach our planet.