Scary Scenario – What if Earth lost all of its oxygen for just 5 seconds

The only reason there is life on Earth is because it has the most habitable environment to host living species. It has water, oxygen, and an ozone layer that protects us from the harmful radiation form sun rays. Perhaps the most important thing required for our survival present on Earth is breathable oxygen.

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Oxygen keeps us alive and provides protection from harmful sun rays. Yes it’s given that the humans can hold their breath for up to 2 minutes under normal circumstances. But the scenario can very well take an awful sci-fi movie twist if all the oxygen on Earth disappeared for just 5 seconds.

The amount seems innocuous, given that we can survive without breathing for more than 5 seconds. But when someone asked the same question on a website, the answers were horrifying enough to chill our spines.

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Here are some of the answers given on what would happen if Earth lost its entire oxygen for 5 seconds.

1 Everybody on a beach will get immediate sunburns

People visit the beach to enjoy the sea water and bath under the energising sun light and also get a tan. But sunrays can be very harmful, if they come in contact with us directly. But they get filtered through the Ozone layer of Earth, which removes the harmful radiation from the sunrays and then allows it to pass through.

But if Earth lost is oxygen, the ozone layer, which is made up of oxygen molecules will disappear and unfiltered sunlight will give everyone on the beach a severe sun burn. In other words, without the ozone layer, we all would be toast.

Everybody on a beach will get immediate sunburns

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2 The color of daytime will turn from blue to dark grey

Oxygen in the atmosphere not only helps us from getting sun burnt, but it also gives us the beautiful blue color of the sky that we all passionately draw in our pictures.

But if the oxygen from the Earth disappeared, there would be fewer particles in the atmosphere that scatter blue light and the color of the day time will turn from blue to a more darkish grey.

The color of daytime will turn from blue to dark grey

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3 Each Internal combustion engine on Earth will fail

Internal combustion engines burn fuel in them to keep them going. Without oxygen, there would be no fire, only vacuum. This means that all the vehicles using internal combustion engines (almost all of them) will stop working.

Planes in the air will glide for a few minutes, but those trying to take off, will come crashing down.

Each Internal combustion engine on Earth will fail

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4 All untreated metal on Earth will immediately get weld together

Oxygen prevents metals on Earth from getting weld to each other; they are coated in a layer of oxygen. Such welding of metals is called cold welding and it happens in space. This can also happen on Earth to untreated metal, if Earth loses its oxygen, such metal will get welded to each other on the spot.

 All untreated metal on Earth will immediately get weld together

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5 Everyone would suffer from inner ear explosion

If Earth lost its oxygen, it would experience a drop of 21% in its air pressure in an instant. This will mean the balance of our inner ear will get disturbed and all of us could experience some serious hearing loss and even our inner ear could explode.

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Everyone would suffer from inner ear explosion

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6 Everything made out of concrete will turn to dust

Oxygen also plays important role as a binding agent in concrete (actually CO2 does). Without it, concrete will not get set and attain the rigidity it needs to make a building.

If Earth lost all of its oxygen, every building on Earth’s surface will crumble down.

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Everything made out of concrete will turn to dust

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7 Every living cell on Earth will explode

As you may know, that each living cell on Earth is made up of water as one of its component. Water is 88.8% oxygen. If the Earth lost its oxygen, without it the hydrogen in the water would return to its gaseous state and begin to expand. This will cause all living cells on Earth to expand and eventually explode.

Model of a DNA Molecule

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8 All the water on earth will evaporate and bleed into space

If Earth lost all of its oxygen, one of the worst consequences would be that all the oceans and water of Earth will evaporate in an instance. Water contains both oxygen and hydrogen and without oxygen, hydrogen will become an unattached free gas.

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This gas being the lightest will rise to upper troposphere and will bleed into the space via escaping through the atmosphere.

All the water on earth will evaporate and bleed into space

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9 Everything on the ground will go into free fall

Earth’s surface is made up of close to 45% of Oxygen. If Earth lost its Oxygen, the crust of the Earth will disintegrate and things will go into a state of free fall.

The surface beneath your feet will become less stable and you will start falling.

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Everything on the ground will go into free fall

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