NASA has warned a city-destroying asteroid about the size of the Leaning Tower of Pisa could hit Earth on Valentine’s Day in 2046.
2023 DW, confirmed February 28, has a one in 560 chance of impact on February 14 at 4:44 pm ET – but where it will fall is not yet known.
The predicted impact zones stretch from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and the west to the east coast of the US – with Los Angeles, Hawaii and Washington DC as possibilities.
The collision of the 165-foot 2023 DW with our planet would be comparable to the Tunguska 12-megaton event that slammed into Siberia 114 years ago.
This 160-foot asteroid caused a nuclear explosion that would have destroyed a large metropolitan area – but it landed in a forest, flattening more than 80 million trees.
Read more: Don’t make plans for Valentine’s Day 2046! NASA warns city-destroying asteroid the size of the Leaning Tower of Pisa could smash into Earth that day – and Los Angeles and Washington DC are possible impact zones