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An asteroid estimated to be around 10ft wide struck the Earth off the coast of Iceland recently, but experts say it’s nothing to worry about.
On March 11, people in Iceland close to where the space rock landed reported seeing a bright flash of light, with some saying they heard a boom.
The cause of the phenomenon was asteroid 2022 EB5, which was spotted by astronomers just two hours before making impact.
At around 3 metres wide, approximately half the size of a giraffe, it may sound large, but in the grand scheme of things, the asteroid was considered a small one and would not have done any significant damage had it struck land.
Travelling at speeds of 11 miles per second between Greenland and Norway, it’s thought that the majority of the original asteroid burnt up in the Earth’s atmosphere before it struck.
The impact happened at approximately 21:22 GMT on 11 March on the coast north of Iceland.
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