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We're addicted to this website that lets you simulate an asteroid hitting earth

Metro logo Metro 12/9/2022 Anugraha Sundaravelu
The software then tells you the chaos that will ensue if that apocalyptic event comes to pass (Picture: Asteroid Launcher) © Provided by Metro The software then tells you the chaos that will ensue if that apocalyptic event comes to pass (Picture: Asteroid Launcher)

Warning: This website is seriously addictive.

A developer has created an interactive map that allows you to play the hand of God and potentially end civilisation.

Users of Asteroid Launcher can determine the size, speed and trajectory of the bomb and then choose a location where they would like it to land.

We’ve tried it in multiple locations with the slightly twisted aim of seeing who can create the most destruction.

The software works out how densely populated the area is and how many people would be vapourised in the crater, or killed by the fireball, decibel shock wave, strong wind blast and earthquake the asteroid creates.

So, if you launched a mile-wide asteroid at 100km/s at 245,000 mph on our office in central London you would create:

  • A 43-mile wide crater that vapourises 8.9 million people immediately
  • A 90-mile wide fireball that kills 66 million people
  • A 247 decibel shockwave causing lung damage within 266 miles (and another 15.6 million deaths)
  • An 11,000 mph wind that kills 47 million more people
  • And a 9.2 magnitude earthquake that kills another 500,000 or so people

So basically most of the UK, more than half of France and the Republic of Ireland, the entirety of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg and a quarter of Germany would have their day ruined.

If you want to try and beat our ‘score’ of 138 million deaths, give Asteroid Launcher a go, but as we said, it’s rather addictive.

The crash would result in an 8.6 magnitude earthquake that can be felt 329 miles away (Picture: Metro.co.uk) © Provided by Metro The crash would result in an 8.6 magnitude earthquake that can be felt 329 miles away (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

The website was created by Neal Agarwal, a developer with a passion for creative coding. The project took him about two months to build with the first month dedicated to research.

‘I love playing out disaster scenarios in my head and so I’ve always wanted a tool that would help visualize the effects of some major natural disaster,’ Agarwal told Motherboard.

‘Asteroids are a good choice since their effects are so far-reaching. I think the tool could also help people gain more appreciation for our need to deflect asteroids like in Nasa’s DART mission.’

The demand for the tool definitely seems to have caught on. Agarwal said on Twitter that over 25 asteroids were being launched every second.

People have been quick to use the tool to vent their frustration by flinging asteroids at their workplace or rival sports teams.

‘I had a fun time finding an asteroid that was big enough to destroy my workplace but not my apartment,’ wrote one Reddit user.

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