, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 327-338
Date: 26 Oct 2006

Asteroid impact in the Black Sea. Death by drowning or asphyxiation?

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Abstract

Normally the consequences of an impact of an asteroid in a water body are discussed in terms of the beach run up of impact-generated waves. If even a small asteroid would hit the Black Sea, however, the potential emissions of toxic and flammable gases could be more disastrous to the region (comprised of Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria) than the tsunami caused by the impact.