“These findings highlight the importance of reassessing the threat of medium-sized meteors with potential Earth-damaging consequences,” said Matthias van Ginneken, a scientist from the Faculty of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent.
Reporting from Independent, Tuesday (6/4/2021), although it is impossible to hit the densely populated parts of the Earth, but such a meteor can cause life-threatening damage.
Initially, van Ginneken found a number of extra-terrestrial particles at the top of the Walnumfjellet, a mountain on the Antartika east.
The discovery indicates a torrent of melted and vaporized material from the meteor, covering a circular area of at least 1,200 miles.
Study published in the journal Science Advances This, reveals that evidence from such events remains important for understanding the history of such meteor impacts and predicting the harmful effects of future meteor impacts.
“The severe effects of such impacts can be felt for hundreds of kilometers. If such impacts occur hundreds of kilometers from densely populated areas, the amount of damage cannot be neglected and needs to be taken into account,” added van Ginneken.
He added that this research could help increase knowledge about the extent of this impact in the past and how often it might occur in the future.