Lately lots of people have shown interest in what would become of our beautiful Earth and how we the dwellers survive, plus if something disastrous would happen. And that’s probably why Hollywood makes so many movies about the end of the world.
We at Drumhour were interested in the topic as well, and we decided to find out what would happen if Earth suddenly stopped spinning (it’s really slowing down, by the way).
1. All objects would fly east at high speed under their own momentum.
We don’t notice the huge speed at which Earth is spinning. But if it stopped, says Sten Odenwald from NASA, everything on its surface would be torn off the ground and fly east at speed, eventually falling back down. At the equator, the speed would be the greatest (about 1,000 mph), while closer to the poles it would reach 800 mph.
2. Enormous tidal waves would occur.
The power of momentum would make the water in the seas and oceans move to form extremely powerful tsunamis that would go east and clean the coastal cities off the face of Earth.
3. Volcano eruptions, hurricanes, and earthquakes would begin.
The huge kinetic force of Earth and its momentum would shake the planet to its core. The result is quite predictable: all-powerful hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, and destructive earthquakes. Everywhere.
4.The magnetic field protecting Earth from dangerous cosmic radiation would disappear.
The magnetic field is basically formed due to the outer core (made mostly of iron) processes and the planet’s spinning motion. If the latter stopped, the magnetic field would also disappear, predicts Sten Odenwald. The field protects us from solar wind: the charged particles from the sun that would destroy every single living being.
5. The Moon would eventually fall onto Earth, but that wouldn’t be soon.
In fact, Earth really is slowing down. In its youth, it spins much faster: a day lasted only 6 hours. The Moon’s gravity causes ebbs and tides that gradually drop the speed of Earth’s motion. NASA calculated that day length increases by 2.3 ms every 100 years. After billions of years, days would become several times longer, and then our planet will, perhaps, stop completely.