Asteroid Impact

Scientists at the University of California at Santa Cruz have produced a scenario of what would happen if an asteroid crashes into the Atlantic Ocean.

It suggests North Carolina and the East Coast would be in deep trouble, and deep water.

Scientist Steven Ward developed a computer simulation of what would occur if an asteroid that's due to pass the Earth in 800 years instead slams into the sea. He says the impact of the asteroid, known as 1950-AD, would come about 360 miles east of the coastline.

Traveling at 38,000 miles an hour, the asteroid would punch a hole about ten miles across all the way to the ocean floor.

As the hole collapses, it triggers dozens of tsunami waves. The biggest will be hundreds of feet high, and the East Coast will be flattened.

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