If you thought meteor impacts were a rare occurrence on Earth, then you would be mistaken.

This interactive map shows the location, size, and chemical makeup of every asteroid and meteor that has slammed into the Earth since 2,300 BC

It was designed using data from the Meteoritical Society.

According to the map, the United States’ East and West coasts have gotten off lightly through the millenniums. Not so much for the Midwest and South, however, which seem to be relatively frequent targets for the cosmos’ rocky debris.

 Click the pic below and give it a looksy. 
 (Make sure to zoom in close enough to check out your local area)

http://osm2.cartodb.com/tables/meteoritessize/embed_map?title=true&description=true&search=true&shareable=true&cartodb_logo=true&sql=&zoom=2&center_lat=39.075375179558346&center_lon=0

By Joseph Serna
joseph.serna@latimes.com

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