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    This thing is pretty effing big. At 60 meters across, I imagine it would do some global-wide damage (gnarly tsunamis and ash-filled skies/nuclear winter type stuff). Are there any projected numbers on the damage a direct hit would entail?


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    ^ Not yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noj View Post
    This thing is pretty effing big. At 60 meters across, I imagine it would do some global-wide damage (gnarly tsunamis and ash-filled skies/nuclear winter type stuff). Are there any projected numbers on the damage a direct hit would entail?
    Until they have a better idea of what it is composed of i.e. how much ice versus iron and in between they can't speculate how much of it will burn up before impact. Ball park figures are equating to one nuclear bomb ala the magnitude of the Tunguska event

    The explosion is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth's surface. Different studies have yielded varying estimates of the object's size, with general agreement that it was a few tens of metres across.[4]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
    Global devastation isn't what they would expect, but local catastrophe would be far reaching. Probably would affect the climate much the same way that Krakatoa did.

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    We should throw something out of larger mass at lower speeds so it'll be bumped gently into our orbit and we can have a mini moon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donovan View Post
    We should throw something out of larger mass at lower speeds so it'll be bumped gently into our orbit and we can have a mini moon.
    We should make it our moons moon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baller View Post
    We should make it our moons moon.
    with our handy dandy tractor beam
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    Quote Originally Posted by G!RLskater64 View Post
    Would you just drop it already?
    I think he has a valid point.

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    Some say a comet will fall from the sky.
    Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves.
    Followed by fault lines that cannot sit still.
    Followed by millions of dumbfounded dip****s.

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    Ironically, Harold Camping is exiting the doomsday prediction business. But, other crackpots are lining up for this one!

    Dangerous Asteroid 2012DA14 to Threaten Earth on February 15, 2013...

    The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites.

    "Your nation without repentance shall be the first struck." Our Lady (3-15-78)

    "Many warnings have been given to mankind, and they pass by unnoticed and rejected. Scientists with all of their explanations for the catastrophe set upon mankind! Will your men of science find a way to stop the Ball of Redemption? I say unto you: No! For the Eternal Father shall guide that ball!" Jesus (5-30-78)

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    I like to imagine this rock is shaped like Enjoi2's head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G!RLskater64 View Post
    DESTROY IT WITH LAZERS! On a serious note, this very well could be something to actually be worried about, but you never know. Space is a very strange thing. looks to be right on Valentines day too, by looking at that orbital pattern. coincidence? I think not. Haha "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, HUMANS!" Boom.EDIT: the Asteroid is marked at -3.28 to a maximum chance of -4.4 on the Palermo scale. anything under -2 isn't considered a threat. also, look at this chart. http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/ip?2.2e-04
    There really isn't anything to be worried about. An asteroid came close to Earth a bit back, and was more likely to hit than this one, and didn't.
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    Got Potassium Iodide?

    Fate of Japan and the Whole World Depends on No. 4 Reactor

    By Akio Matsumura, Finding the Missing Link

    11 April 12



    Fukushima Daiichi site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl accident.

    apan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4 - with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground - collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries. Ambassador Murata informed us that the total numbers of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421 (396+615+566+1,535+994+940+6375).

    I asked top spent-fuel pools expert Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, for an explanation of the potential impact of the 11,421 rods.

    I received an astounding response from Mr. Alvarez [updated 4/5/12]:

    In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

    The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da-Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.

    Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 - roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

    It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.

    Many of our readers might find it difficult to appreciate the actual meaning of the figure, yet we can grasp what 85 times more Cesium-137 than the Chernobyl would mean. It would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.

    There was a Nuclear Security Summit Conference in Seoul on March 26 and 27, and Ambassador Murata and I made a concerted effort to find someone to inform the participants from 54 nations of the potential global catastrophe of reactor unit 4. We asked several participants to share the idea of an Independent Assessment team comprised of a broad group of international experts to deal with this urgent issue.

    I would like to introduce Ambassador Murata’s letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to convey this urgent message and also his letter to Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for Japanese readers. He emphasized in the statement that we should bring human wisdom to tackle this unprecedented challenge.

    It seems to us that the Nuclear Security Summit was focused on the North Korea nuclear issue and on the issue of common security from a terrorist attack. Our appeal on the need for the independent assessment at Reactor 4 was regarded as less urgent. We predicted this outcome in light of the nature of the Summit. I suppose most participants fully understood the potential disaster which will affect their countries. Nevertheless, they decided not to raise the delicate issue, perhaps in order to not ruffle their diplomatic relationship with Japan.

    I was moved by Ambassador Murata’s courage in pressing this issue in Japan. I know how difficult it is for a former career diplomat to do this, especially in my country. Current and former government officials might be similarly restricted in the scope of their actions, as Ambassador Murata is, but it is their responsibility to take a stand for the benefit of our descendants for centuries to come - to pass on a world safer than our ancestors passed us.

    If Japanese government leaders do not recognize the risk their nation faces, how could the rest of us be persuaded of the looming disaster? And if the rest of us do not acknowledge the catastrophe we collectively face, who will be the one to act?
    http://www.readersupportednews.org/o...n-no-4-reactor
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    So sensationalist, I doubt that it would "destroy the world environment and our civilization."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baller View Post
    So sensationalist, I doubt that it would "destroy the world environment and our civilization."
    How about half of Japan?

    Find it odd that nobody else is really talking about it? That tells me it is either close to true or complete BS..

    I did hear this from a friend elsewhere, not sure if there is any documentation that back it up though..

    Supposedly the recent rains that fell in California had 5X the normal amount of radiation in them. It's a known fact that the kelp out here on the coast (I look right out over the ocean and live in the coastal climate zone) also contains about 500X the normal amount of radiation. Cal State Long Beach discovered this but the article in the paper was all cutesy about it, like, "oh, looky what we found! We can't tell what kind of radiation it is, but it sure is from Fukushima!"

    What's even scarier is IF it's true that the rain we are now receiving in North America is highly irradiated, it is entering our food supply via many channels.
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    Well I have been told that I looked rather radiant lately.

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    Looks like we survived.. unlike this science section
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    If I were to dig a grave every time they told me the world was going to end I'd be eating Chop Suey in China right now.
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