A field photo taken at Stoer showing the laminar beds of sandstone, in the middle of which is the impact deposit left by the asteroid. (Handout/PR)(Handout/PR)
“The impact would have sent huge roiling clouds of dust and gas at several hundred degrees in all directions from the impact site,” Ken Amor, an Oxford researcher who led the latest study, told the British news site.
What remains of the crater is submerged in water that’s 600-feet deep and covered in sediment, scientists said.
The Guardian reports that asteroids of that size are believed to strike between once every 100,000 years and once every 1 million years.