By Paul McBurney | March 22nd, 2020
In 2027, an asteroid called 2017 PDC has a 96% chance of hitting earth. A percentage of this extent means that this asteroid has an extremely high chance of hitting earth.
Inside this article, you'll learn about the damages and effects that 2017 PDC could cause. You'll also realize how this asteroid collision could change your life.Tweet
Photo: An asteroid that will hit earth in 2027 named 2017 PDC. ↓
According to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, asteroid 2017 PDC has a 96% chance of hitting earth in 2027.
Even though the 2017 PDC Asteroid only has a diameter of between 100 meters and 250 meters, it could still cause devastating destruction.
For example, a paper from NASA's JPL states that countries could be affected by overpressure, "land impact or airbust."
Additionally, the same paper from the Jet Propulsion Lab states that the asteroid impact will most likely occur in China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, or the Pacific Ocean.
2017 PDC Impact Location Predictions Path | Locations in which 2017 PDC could hit.
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For example, the picture above shows the possible impact locations represented by the red line. 2017 PDC could hit earth within the boundaries of the line baove.
The impact of a relatively small asteroid like PDC could still cause catastrophic damages. Some of these effects include airbursts or overpressure, not to mention the initial impact effects. Overpressure occurs when an asteroid hovers over earth and causes shockwave(s) as a result of sonic booms or explosions.
Some initial impact effects to an asteroid similar to PDC consist of heat radiation and shock waves. Furthermore, if an asteroid hits a body of water it is possible for a tsunami to be formed. Also, large craters will be created depending on the original size of the asteroid.
Photo: Screenshot from an asteroid impact simulator that lets users destroy earth with asteroids and view the effects. ↓
According to photo above, PDC could cause catastrophic damages if it landed in a metropolitan area. However this unlikely as most of the world is rural. Also, PDC's predicted impact path does not put it on track to hit large cities in Asia. Nonetheless, PDC's path of impact still spans over several populated countries.
With that being said, we are extremely unprepared for a global catastrophe like an asteroid collision, disease outbreak, or natural disaster. We must make sure that the human race is prepared to take on these feats.
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