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Human casualties in impact events

Gritzner, C. (1997) Human casualties in impact events. wgn - Bimonthly Journal of the International Meteorological Organization, pp. 222-226.

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It is a widespread error to believe that people were never killed by meteorites. It was concluded that there were no human casualties due to meteorite falls because there were no reports about such incidents, but there are reports of these rare events. The statement of no one ever being killed by a meteorite may intend that the danger even of asteroid and comet impacts onto Earth is only fiction, but the danger is real. It is a low-probability-high- consequence event for large impactors (more than 1 km). Even from meteorites, however, people were reported struck to death. This article gives a survey over reports of human casualties from 616 A.D. well to our century.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/35392/
Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=1997,
Title:Human casualties in impact events
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Journal or Publication Title:wgn - Bimonthly Journal of the International Meteorological Organization
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 222-226
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Institut für Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: DLR-Beauftragter, elib
Deposited On:02 Apr 2006
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 09:52

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