What Are The Odds Of An Asteroid Demolishing Your Home Tomorrow?

What Are The Odds Of An Asteroid Demolishing Your Home Tomorrow?

In case you’ve been been blissfully unaware, in just 24 hours, a 130,000-tonne, obscenely expensive asteroid is going to buzz peacefully past Earth, giving us a nice little show and a new appreciation for our lives all at once. Or so they’ll have us believe.

But even if NASA’s “scientists” are right about this one, there are still 500 meteorites that do strike our beloved space marble every year. So the question is not whether we should live our lives in fear (we should) but how much fear, based on our chances of being squished at any second.

Thankfully, Movoto Blog hascome up with a formula to calculate that very thing.

They took the total square feet of the earth (5.49 quadrillion) and divided it by the average house size (230sqm). So while your chances of being struck by a meteorite on any given day may be 1 in 2,196,267,379,587, in one whole year, you’ve got a 1 in 135,145,920 chance of being struck. That’s a lot less numbers!

And sure, that may seem like a pretty small chance overall, but at least in a year, it’s not totally unthinkable that your home might meet its end at the hands of a projectile from above. After all, remember Murphy’s Law. Stay vigilant, friends. [Movoto Blog]

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