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well we have chuck norris to round house kick the bastard and move it off course so we dont have to worry.
    
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*Phew* Good thing the world will end in 2012 so we won't have to deal with this.
Funny how all of those Mayan predictions relates to the US's interventions and issues, and US only.
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So we have 18 years to come up with something to put on the rock during the 2029 pass by so that we can alter the orbit if need be.

A little planning ahead is all we need.
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Impact is estimated to be equivalent to 510 megatons of TNT. The earthquake responsible for the Indian ocean tsunami was around 9500 gigatons worth.

Not going that bad if it hits, not that I would like to be in its path at all though.
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Impact is estimated to be equivalent to 510 megatons of TNT. The earthquake responsible for the Indian ocean tsunami was around 9500 gigatons worth.

Not going that bad if it hits, not that I would like to be in its path at all though.
510 megatons is 10 times more powerful than the biggest nuclear bomb ever tested in history. It's also ~50,000 times more powerful than the nuke that hit Hiroshima.
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They should have named it Kahn.

"KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN"
And I actually haven't watched much Star Trek.
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510 megatons is 10 times more powerful than the biggest nuclear bomb ever tested in history. It's also ~50,000 times more powerful than the nuke that hit Hiroshima.
It wont be nice but it is not going to be the end of people/life by any means.

If predictable an evacuation may even be possible, limiting the impact to people even further.
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Impact is estimated to be equivalent to 510 megatons of TNT. The earthquake responsible for the Indian ocean tsunami was around 9500 gigatons worth.

Not going that bad if it hits, not that I would like to be in its path at all though.
You can't compare energy released through the air vs through the earth.

510 megatons of explosive force in air is a whole different story than 9500 gigatons of colliding/shifting landmass. If landmass transferred the energy like air does, the earth wasn't viable for life from the start.
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You can't compare energy released through the air vs through the earth.

510 megatons of explosive force in air is a whole different story than 9500 gigatons of colliding/shifting landmass. If landmass transferred the energy like air does, the earth wasn't viable for life from the start.
A large portion on the energy would be exerted on the landmass. I doubt the asteroid will explode mid air like nukes are designed to do, if it does most of the energy from an atmospheric explosion will be reflected up into space anyway.

The worst possible scenario would be it hitting the middle of the pacific. That would cause a very large tsunami...
Edited by jacobthellamer - 2/13/11 at 2:33am
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A large portion on the energy would be exerted on the landmass. I doubt the asteroid will explode mid air like nukes are designed to do, if it does most of the energy from an atmospheric explosion will be reflected up into space anyway.

The worst possible scenario would be it hitting the middle of the pacific. That would cause a very large tsunami...
No, the worst scenario would be it hitting Shanghai or Mumbai
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