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by M.L. Lewis about a month ago in fact or fiction
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Meteor Survival Tips

Millions of meteors travel through Earth’s atmosphere each day. Many are so small they burn up before hitting us, the select few that have can leave a lasting impact on our lives and also our landscape. A meteor is a solid piece of debris made from stone, iron, or both that has come from outer space. We may not experience a meteor the size that took out the dinosaurs, but it is not 100% out of the realm of possibilities. You have a one in 250 million chance of being killed by a meteor strike. For National Meteor Watch Day, I thought it would be a good time to discuss what to do in the event of a meteor strike.

NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, was founded in 1958. It is their job to monitor many space objects, from planets to the stars to distant galaxies, far, far away. If a threatening size meteor ever shows up on their radar, they’ll know how to handle it before it even comes close to Earth. NASA has enough advanced equipment and well-trained experts to spot these threats months, and even years, ahead of their time of impact. To help combat these threats, NASA started the DART, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, program in 2021. This will be the organization’s first mission to fight off apocalyptic-sized meteors. NASA also posts such treats on their website for you to track them yourself should you choose to at https://www.nasa.gov/asteroid-and-comet-watch.

Find Shelter

If a meteor just so happens to slip past NASA’s watchful eye, you’ll still have a couple of days to find shelter. This is when the International Space Station or the many Earthbound substations throughout the world will notice it. There’s always someone watching the skies somewhere. The first thing you want to do is move as inland and deep underground as you can. The best place would be an underground bunker designed for a nuclear war in the middle of your country. When the meteor hits us, it’ll most likely hit a major water source, triggering a tsunami the likes we’ve never seen before. The increase of water vapor in the air from this will lead to a dramatic increase in rain, flooding, mudslides, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Also, the vibrations of the impact could trigger earthquakes and volcanoes nearby the impact zone.

Like Any Other Disaster

Treat the meteor strike like you would any other disaster. Stock up on food, water, and medications. Invest in a good quality gas mask for each family member and an NOAA radio to stay informed about what is happening on the surface. There will be massive fires caused by volcanic and gas explosions that will release a lot of pyrotoxin into the air. So, invest in an air quality monitor to see if the surface is human-friendly. When the time comes, be ready to see the worse. Many cities and towns will be leveled from the original impact, or the disasters that will follow. Skeletal remains of those who didn’t seek shelter in time will lie about. Ravenous wild animals will dominate the surface, so always pay attention to your surroundings while exploring up there.

Survivors

Society will exist as small pockets of survivors just trying to get by, by using any means necessary to live. Stores will be piles of rubble. Waste, corpses, and chemicals will contaminate water from the fallout. Farmlands and factories will become wastelands. A good strategy to go into the aftermath is instead of fighting with your fellow survivors, to band together. You are all in the same boat, so now would be a good time to put away your petty differences and start over fresh. By rebuilding society, you will improve the overall morale of everyone, and it will lead to a glimmer of hope for the future.

The Extinction Theory

If the meteor is large enough, all your prepping might be for nothing. The meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs was 7.5 miles in diameter, leaving a 124-mile-long crater. It traveled at 27,000 miles per hour. As of this date, the fastest object on Earth is a space shuttle, that travels at 17,500 miles per hour. That’s 9,500 mph more than what we experience on Earth. It is predicted that if we were to be hit again by a similar meteor, or one larger, it will rip off the Earth’s crust, wiping out everything in it and on it, like underground bunkers.

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About the author

M.L. Lewis

Doom and gloom is all I know. My heart skips a beat at the thought of armageddon. I've been preparing for the apocalypse my whole life. I have been studying it for so long that I am currently working on my Ph. D. on the subject.

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