The Midwestern United States is more known for mile-wide tornadoes than earthquakes, and yet a series of tremors shook up things on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in the Oklahoma area. There was no deaths or injuries, but it was quite unnerving for residents of the state, most of whom had never witnessed an earthquake before. Cracks in buildings and highways were the extent of the damage in the minor tremors that lead up to a 5.6-magnitude quake that night which actually was noticed during the Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State college football showdown.
The interesting part of the sudden surge of earthquakes in such an unlikely area is the timing. First of all, the comet Elenin is still out there, and while Common Sense Conspiracy has long pronounced the comet to be no threat to the Earth, there are those that still believe that Elenin could be wreaking havoc on the Earth’s magnetic poles. Others believe that Elenin was just cover for the coming Nibiru, the huge planet that was excommunicated from the solar system millions of years ago and is now set to re-enter. However, to make things even more interesting, the Oklahoma earthquakes are coming just ahead of the 2005 YU55 asteroid that is going to pass precariously close to Earth in just a few days on November 9. It will be so close, in fact, that it will be nearer than the Moon. A lot of the doomsday predictions that surrounded comet Elenin are simply being passed on to the asteroid.
Scientists say that there is one in 10 million chance that the YU55 asteroid strikes the Earth. While that is obviously not a great percentage, it does make the average layperson wonder how they cannot be 100% sure. How can they figure that it has a one in 10 million chance to hit us but still leave that window open with just a sliver of possibility?
At 1,312 feet wide, the asteroid is not a formidable object in an astronomical conversation. However, it is still large enough to create a huge amount of destruction were it to strike the Earth, and it is notable that astronomers do agree that this is the largest object to ever pass this close. At this size, it is hard to make a convincing argument that YU55 could be causing any gravitational disturbances, but that didn’t stop people from panicking when Elenin came along, and we’re sure the chaos and paranoia will continue until YU55 does its thing and heads back on its orbit where it won’t return for many, many years.