Trembling of the Earth. The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused an earthquake that shook the planet for months
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The events that took place 66 million years ago not only killed the dinosaurs and most of the species on the planet, but also caused a tsunami and a mega-earthquake.
Scientists continue to study the events that took place on Earth 66 million years ago. Then a 10-kilometer asteroid hit the planet and destroyed most of the inhabitants of the Earth, including dinosaurs. Scientists continue to try to reproduce those ancient events, writes the New York Post.
Geologist German Dario Bermudez began his research many years ago. In 2014, he collected data on events that took place 66 million years ago in the southern hemisphere of the Earth. And last year, the scientist spent 12 months in Texas, Alabama and Mississippi, studying rock formations in these regions that have preserved traces caused by a period of mass extinction on the planet. Scientists believe that the new piece of data they have received can shed light on the death of dinosaurs and other species on the planet.
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On the Colombian island of Gorgonilla, a researcher discovered deposits in the form of small glass balls. They are believed to have been formed by heat and pressure from the asteroid that melted after the impact. Drops of the alloy were ejected into the atmosphere, and then landed back on the surface in the form of glass.
In addition, the scientist was able to document evidence of a large-scale tsunami, which was also caused by an asteroid.
During research scientist came to the conclusion that a 10-kilometer asteroid that fell on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico 66 million years ago, led to incredible seismic activity. According to the scientist, this earthquake was 50 thousand times more powerful than the one that destroyed the Indonesian Sumatra in 2004. The scientist also suggests that this seismic activity lasted more than one week, or even several months, shaking the entire planet.