Early in the morning, on February 15th, a small meteorite, spanning 55 feet (greater than twice the size of a small car) disintegrated over the Chelyabinsk region in Russia, without any prior warning. According to scientists, the meteorite on Russia weighed around 10,000 tonnes and was travelling at a speed of 18kms per second. After entering the Earth’s atmosphere, it broke apart at an altitude of 13-50kms. The resulting explosion from the meteorite on Russia, estimated to be equivalent to that of 20 Hiroshima bombs, shattered glass in thousands of building windows, damaging several structures and resulting in injuries from flying glass to over a thousand people in the vicinity.
The meteorite on Russia is not the first, nor is it likely to be the last such event we are likely to witness. Meteorites that are as small as the one that burst over Russia are hard to detect when they approach during the daytime, because they are clearly visible only in the night time sky. NASA scientists estimate that many thousands of asteroids that are at least six times bigger than the meteorite on Russia, come very close to the Earth, and that less than a third of these have been detected so far.
Small asteroids such as the meteorite on Russia pose the threat of severe local damage, not just in terms of resources but also in loss of human life. However, larger asteroids that span over a kilometer can prove catastrophic to human civilization, if they were to strike the Earth. Imagine the chaos and widespread destruction that would result from such a disastrous event.
Nearly 66 million years ago, what is thought to be an asteroid spanning 10 km, plummeted through the sky into the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico; this hit lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs and several species of plant and animal life that inhabited the earth. The meteorite on Russia is just a small example of the damage Mother Nature can cause and should be a warning to us that such events can once again threaten our very existence.
Apocalypse, How to Survive a Global Crisis is the first of three books, authored by Dan Martin that provides a wealth of information on what to do if such an event occurs. It is a complete do-it-yourself guide for anyone who wants to prepare themselves to deal with the aftermath of not just a meteor strike, but any crisis situation for example a tsunami, earthquake, flood or climate change, just to name a few. Our world, as we know it is changing and we can no longer delude ourselves into believing that a threat to our survival is a thing of the far future. The meteorite on Russia has taught us a valuable lesson; it is time to arm ourselves with all the tools we will need to help us survive a cataclysmic event, not IF but WHEN it occurs.