横浜市英語塾 LAE Chelyabinsk Day
Happy belated Valentine's Day yada yada.
Now on to cool things. Ok, not that cool for those who were hurt, but fortunately no one died.
Today marks the ninth anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteor, and shocked the world. It was only 20 meters long, but when it exploded in the air, it released energy equivalent to an early nuclear weapon.
This should have galvanized more of the world into realizing how dangerous even small asteroids can be. But again, it fell off in the news cycle. I believe this is one type of disaster that humankind is completely unprepared for. Most others, while unavoidable, we have plans that can speed up the recovery process (like in the case of earthquakes and inclement weather).
Pessimism mode now: perhaps it will take an actual impact that wipes out a city or three before the world notices we need to fund groups devoted to finding these objects that cross our orbit. Developing devices to redirect asteroids and comets should be concurrently tested as well.
Rants aside, love those around you and don't be mean.