PolicyMic's own Adam Hogue reports that though Asteroid DA14 2012 won't hit the Earth, the 150-feet missile-like space rock — with enough power to wipe out New York City with the energy of 185 Hiroshima bombs — will miss us a day after Valentine's Day. So we're safe ... for now.
An asteroid that is 150-feet across is not life-threatening to our existence here on Earth. A similar event occurred in 1908 in Siberia. The event, now known as the Tunguska Event occurred on the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. Eyewitness accounts recall a large, hot "thing" hurtling towards the Earth. While there is some speculation as to what the "thing" was, (aliens, the god Ogdy) it is generally believed to have been a meteoroid that was 120-feet across that smashed into the Earth releasing a fireball with the energy of 185 Hiroshima bombs.
The Tunguska explosion knocked an estimated 80 million trees down over an area covering 830 square miles. But while the damage at Tunguska was significant, no lives were lost during the disaster, thanks to the location, and life eventually returned to normal. As Kurt Vonnegut would say, "so it goes."