The Tunguska Event 100 years later
Huntington Beach, Jun 30, 2008 - The week marks the 100 year anniversary of the Tunguska Event. On January 30, 1908, an asteroid or comet roughly the length of half a football field exploded over a remote region in Siberia. The explosion flattened over 80 million trees and decimated over 2,000 square kilometers.
Fortunately this was a remote region. Imagine the same event occurring over Los Angeles!
I was once told the chances of being killed by an asteroid were the same as getting a flush in Las Vegas. Well, I’ve actually gotten a flush in Vegas, a royal flush. So needless to say, as a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology, and former Chair of the Space Subcommittee, I have taken a special interest in these Near Earth Objects that could pose a threat to the earth and introduced H.R.4917, the Near Earth Object Preparedness Act. The most important action is to ensure that we can detect these threatening objects well in advance. I’ve also co-sponsored H.R. 3737, which provides funding for the Arecibo Observatory.
As a strong proponent of working with our international friends and utilizing important technologies, such as the Arecibo Observatory, I continue to pursue these endeavors.