So these past days there's been a lot of speculation as to what really happened with the Russian Meteorite that wrecked havoc Friday 15 Feb, 201 in Chelyabinsk and the events that took place and how little we are in the universe. Some people have even pointed out that because this event is not really that unique, that we get hit with space rocks all the time only this time it was bigger. With a size and mass of 17 meters and 10.000 tons even if this is a pretty small rock in space terms events like this have now become a real treat. Not only to people and infrastructure but to Nuclear Power Plants too.. Reports say no radiation was found at the crater and its energy release in the atmosphere was equivalent to nearly 500 kilotons.
So this got me thinking, what was the trajectory of this meteorite, I had to look a bit before I could find anything. Turned out it's found on the wiki. But that's only a little map of the thing. I wanted to know exactly where could this meteoroid have hit earth. So I aligned up the path of the meteorite in google earth and extended the line.. My jaw almost dropped because this thing went smack in the middle of FUKUSHIMA JAPAN
But that's not all, because of the rotating nature of our planet, it's equatorial speed of 465.1 m/s, 1,674.4 kilometers per hour (1,040.4 mph) × cos (28.59) = 1,470.23 kilometers per hour (913.56 mph). NASA estimates the meteorites velocity at 17.9 km/s means that if this meteorite would have entered our earth's atmosphere only 4 minutes earlier (3 min 58 sec to be exact) the impact could have been over Japan, Fukushima instead. It's still a long shot because of the many variables to take into consideration but still, this is pretty intense. And the treat is there.
I know there have been talks about space weapons in use, I'm not sure about that but if so must have been a bad aim..
Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia, confirmed a meteor had struck Russia and said it proves the “entire planet” is vulnerable to meteors and a spaceguard system is needed to protect the planet from similar events in the future.
One thing is for sure though, the dinosaurs probably went extinct because of a impact much bigger than this or from a series of events leading to mass extinction and very few of them survived the change in climate and loss of biodiversity. However what would have happened if we put radiation contamination into the mix? What if there had been 100s of Nuclear Power Plants spewing radiation all over with radioactive fallout collecting in the air and on ground in the years following a major disaster. How much life would have survived that you think?
That's where we are today. We need to get rid of Nuclear because it's going to end us all.
I however would like to give a bit of hope though because even if there are still problems to solve, people are starting to think outside the box. Right or wrong, trying to come up with a solution that will make nuclear obsolete.