A real-life asteroid the size of the beast used in the simulation would annihilate everything within a 9-mile radius, turning the Big Apple into a wasteland.
NASA simulated the terrifying scenario of attempting to stop an asteroid from hitting earth, but in process breaking off a fragment that hurtles towards NY and forces an evacuation of the entire city. After monitoring an asteroid that they dubbed 2019 PDC for months, they decided that it poses a 1 in 100 likelihood of effect with Earth in 2027.
The major space powers of the United States, Europe, Russia, China and Japan made a decision to build six "kinetic impactors" - probes meant to hit the asteroid to change its trajectory.
Celebration was short-lived, however, as a smaller fragment of the larger body broke free and began traveling on a new path straight for New York City. The launch was slated for August 2024.
Leviticus Lewis from FEMA's Response Operations Division said: "Bringing together the disaster management community and the scientific community is critical to preparing for a potential asteroid impact in the future".
While the country initially planned to deflect the 197-foot rock, political strife curtailed the plans. With two months to go, it is confirmed the city will be destroyed. The idea was to see if mankind could find a way to prevent a deadly impact if we had something like eight years to prepare for it.
Boffins calculated that the blast was 1,000 times more powerful than the nuke dropped on Hiroshima during World War 2. Windows as far as 45 kilometers away will shatter and damage will extend as far out as 68 kilometers from the epicenter.
However, it's not the end of the world and more issues arise from such a scenario. "You're going to have fleets of U-hauls".
"If you knew your home was going to be destroyed six months from now, and that you weren't going back again, would you keep paying your mortgage?" asked Victoria Andrews, NASA's deputy planetary defense officer.
NASA said that the simulation "is created to help key decision makers practice for a real asteroid impact", but reassured people that: "Currently, there is no known asteroid with a significant probability of impacting Earth in the next century".
For instance, Alissa Haddaji, who coordinated the worldwide space lawyers who tackled legal issues in these scenarios, pointed out that the United States saved Denver at the expense of NY. A trio of the spacecraft did manage to strike the rock and pushed most of it off course, which was great news for the presume impact location of Denver, Colorado.