Natural Hazards

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 327–338

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


    • Faculty of Earth SciencesUtrecht University
  • Richard B. Cathcart
    • Geographos
  • Viorel Badescu
    • Candida Oancea Institute of Solar Energy, Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringPolytechnic University of Bucharest
  • Dragos Isvoranu
    • Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringPolytechnic University of Bucharest
  • Efim Pelinovsky
    • Laboratory of Hydrophysics and Nonlinear AcousticsInstitute of Applied Physics
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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