On January 28, 2021, the Observatory of the Cote d’Azur in France reported that meteor (7341) 1991 VK, struck asteroid 433 Eros, in orbit around Mars. The impact tore free a significant portion of 433 Eros. Scientists projected a path very close to Earth but predicted no impact; they failed to consider the chunk’s proximity to the Moon. The portion of Eros 433 broken off by its collision with meteor (7341) 1991 VK, entered the Moon’s gravitational pull and before breaking free, altered the Moon’s orbit.
As the moon moved closer to Earth, its gravitational exertion increased, affecting the centrifugal force balancing the planet’s oceans. Settling into a closer orbit set off waves of volcanic activity, but the most noticeable effect was a negative change in global tides.
On January 20, 2022, the broken portion of Eros 433 struck Earth over the shores of Oman, Iran, and Pakistan, in the Arabian Sea. The impact-diameter measured 2.2 miles and delivered an estimated energy equivalent of 55 teratons of TNT. Mega tsunamis crawled over the Indian Ocean, followed by clouds of superheated dust, ash, and steam. The impactor burrowed underground, ejecting excavated material into the atmosphere. This material heated to incandescence upon re-entry, broiling the Earth’s surface hundreds of miles around the impact site and igniting massive wildfires throughout coastal India and Africa.
Unstable conditions brought on by planet-wide volcanic eruptions began affecting the Western Hemisphere by Spring of 2022. Inhabitants evacuated Iceland as the Bárðarbunga chain of volcanoes erupted, and waters inundated most of the habitable land. The Atlantic coasts of the United States and Canada suffered catastrophic losses due to destructive and immense tides. Permafrost in northern Canada thawed, creating landslides and swelling inland channels. Lowland Ireland and the lowlands of the United Kingdom became submerged, and destructive waves hindered evacuations.
By August 2022, 300 million were dead or missing, and over 8.3 million relocated inland. The European lowlands of Germany, Austria, Benelux, and France, became submerged as floods developed from the melting of the Alps glaciers. Throughout Spain, tidal flooding forced residents to move north, and as deluge overtook the northern coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, refugees from the Balkans and Italy, collided with Northern Europeans fleeing coastal devastation moving south. The loss of life by Winter of 2022, remains undocumented.
In the year immediately following the impact, bolide dust and molten particles polluted the atmosphere. The environment worldwide became toxic to humanity. The shock production of carbon dioxide caused by the destruction of carbonate rocks led to an immediate greenhouse effect that continued to melt ice caps in the polar north, and West Antarctica Ice-Sheet. Before full stabilization of the moon’s orbit, global earthquakes, and volcanic outbreaks were triggered beneath the planet’s subducting slabs, culminating in the eruption of the long-dormant supervolcano at Yosemite, in 2025.
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