Alert! Alert! A new scientific study has found that big space rocks, with enough mass to create an explosion the size of a small nuclear bomb, strike our planet about once every month!
Danger! Why, just imagine looking up in the sky and seeing a nuclear explosion once per month… and then keep on imagining. Have you noticed that you have never seen any such blast ever in your life?
There’s a reason. Almost all the meteors of the size described in the article break up within the atmosphere without much drama. They would have to enter the atmosphere at just the right angle and speed to reach their full destructive potential.
As one of the alarmist articles hyping the recent study finally admits, “Most of the kiloton-sized explosions recorded this century resulted in very little debris striking the planet. Earth’s thick atmosphere tends to burn up most of the size of an asteroid, but that cannot be taken for granted.”
Actually, the billions of people who go about their ordinary business every day without worrying about meteors show that yes, our relative safety from menacing asteroids can be taken for granted.