Natural Hazards

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 327–338

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

  • Roelof Dirk Schuiling
  • Richard B. Cathcart
  • Viorel Badescu
  • Dragos Isvoranu
  • Efim Pelinovsky
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11069-006-0017-7

Cite this article as:
Schuiling, R.D., Cathcart, R.B., Badescu, V. et al. Nat Hazards (2007) 40: 327. doi:10.1007/s11069-006-0017-7


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.


Black SeaAsteroid impactHydrogen sulfideImmobilization of metal wastes

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roelof Dirk Schuiling
    • 1
  • Richard B. Cathcart
    • 2
  • Viorel Badescu
    • 3
  • Dragos Isvoranu
    • 4
  • Efim Pelinovsky
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Earth SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.GeographosGlendaleUSA
  3. 3.Candida Oancea Institute of Solar Energy, Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringPolytechnic University of BucharestBucharestRomania
  4. 4.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringPolytechnic University of BucharestBucharestRomania
  5. 5.Laboratory of Hydrophysics and Nonlinear AcousticsInstitute of Applied PhysicsNizhny NovgorodRussia