What If The Earth Stopped Spinning?
Michael Stevens outlines the devastating scenarios in his latest video.He claims everything would be launched in a ballistic trajectory sideways
There would be powerful winds as fast as those felt near atomic explosions Earth’s magnetic field would disappear exposing planet to deadly radiation
If it stopped turning, the planet would become an almost perfect sphere The world’s oceans would redistribute, flooding many areas of the planet
Probability for this happening is ‘practically zero’ in next few billion years
We hardly ever think about it, but the Earth we’re standing on rotates at around 1,100 miles per hour (1,670 km/h).
But what if that rotation suddenly stopped? That’s what Michael Stevens, also known as Vsauce on YouTube, set out to answer with his latest video.
The London-based scientist has outlined the devastating impact that a sudden halt to the Earth’s rotation would have on life as we know it.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE EARTH STOPPED TURNING
Everything would be launched in a ballistic trajectory – around 1,100 mph (1,670 km/h).
Those who are somehow able to survive turning into ‘supersonic tumbleweed’ would have powerful winds to content with, which could destroy everything in their path.
Meanwhile, Earth’s magnetic field would cease to exist and we would be dosed with deadly amounts of ionising radiation.
The Earth would become an almost perfect sphere, as the current rotational velocity causes the Earth to bulge out around its equator.
On perfect sphere Earth, the world’s oceans would redistribute, flooding many areas of the planet with a huge volume of water.
If the Earth stopped spinning, it would take 365 days for the Sun to move through the sky and return to the same position.