NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will strike Earth next month wreaking widespread devastation.
The space agency noted that a number of web postings are “erroneously” claiming a disaster will happen between 15 and 28 September this year.
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Rumour-mongers have said the cosmic strike would hit near Puerto Rico, destroying parts of the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts and Mexico, as well as Central and South America.
Conspiracy theorists suggested the US authorities were secretly making emergency plans for the impending catastrophe.
NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program web page lists asteroids predicted to pass our planet in future.