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Earthquake warning: A magnitude 20 quake 'could occur' and 'would destroy the planet.'

A terrifying simulation has revealed that an asteroid impact could cause an earthquake with a magnitude of 20.

Every day, earthquakes occur. According to the National Earthquake Information Centre, there are approximately 20,000 of them each year around the world, amounting to approximately 55 quakes per day. Many of these are minor and go unnoticed, such as tremors.

Others, with magnitudes greater than a seven on the Richter scale, wreak havoc.

Every year, approximately 15 earthquakes of magnitude seven or greater occur.

The Richter scale is logarithmic rather than linear.

The magnitude of the quake increases by a factor of ten as the numbers increase by one.

An event of this magnitude or greater is widely regarded as impossible.

This is due to the fact that the magnitude of an earthquake is proportional to the length of the fault along which it occurs: the longer the fault, the larger the earthquake.

A fault line with a length of around 80,000 km would be required to produce a magnitude 10.5 earthquake.

Given that the circumference of the Earth is only about 40,000 km, this is highly unlikely.

As a result, a magnitude 20 earthquake appears improbable.

A massive asteroid impact is one possibility for a magnitude 20 earthquake.

An earthquake of this magnitude would last longer than any we've ever known.

The shaking would last at least five minutes, and aftershocks would last for hours.

Tsunamis and volcanic eruptions would occur, more earthquakes would most likely occur, and the entire world would crumble.

This earthquake's power would need to overcome something known as gravitational binding energy in order to destroy the planet.

This is the smallest value required for a spherical and uniform object to remain together under the influence of gravity.

An earthquake of magnitude 20 would generate more than enough energy to overcome gravitational binding energy and destroy our planet.

Satellite defence systems, on the other hand, would most likely detect and prepare for this asteroid well before it was due to strike the Earth.

The 1960 Valdivia earthquake was the largest ever recorded.

Several studies have determined that it measured between a 9.4 and a 9.6 on the Moment Magnitude Scale — a method that measures the moment the seismic activity occurred.

The Great Chilean Earthquake, also known as the Chilean Earthquake, occurred in the afternoon and lasted about ten minutes.

Tsunamis swept through southern Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, southeast Australia, and the Aleutian Islands in the immediate aftermath.

The waves are thought to have reached a height of 82 feet.

Because of the magnitude of the event, the death toll and financial ramifications are unknown.

Various estimates have suggested that between 1,000 and 6,000 people were killed, with the monetary cost ranging from $3.5 billion (£2.6 billion) to $7 billion (£5.2 billion) when adjusted for inflation.