The extremely dangerous asteroid Apophis, with a diameter of about 400 meters and weighing more than 30 tons, will fly to Earth in 2029 after World Cosmonautics Day.
The statement came from the All-Russian Research Institute for Civil Defense and Emergency Situations of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations.
Researchers predict that the maximum approach of Apophis (named in honor of Apophis, the god of destruction of ancient Egypt) will take place on April 13.
The approach speed will be 7.42 kilometers per second. The energy released when an object collides with the Earth’s surface will be 1,717 megatons. The magnitude of the earthquake will be 6.5 on the Richter scale within a radius of 10 kilometers from the epicenter, and the wind speed will be at least 790 meters per second. The apophysis is predicted to be destroyed in a possible collision with the Earth.
The asteroid collision is said to be 30 times more powerful than the explosion of the most powerful Soviet thermonuclear bomb in 1961.