Micromorts Measure The Risk Of Sudden Death

One micromort is equivalent to a one-in-a-million probability of death. Micromort statistics are typically taken from the average number of deaths in a population or resulting from an activity, though we are all exposed to our own amount of micromorts every day-an older, infirm person will be exposed to more micromorts than a younger person, for example. Your micromort exposure increases as you engage in risky activities.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A micromort is a unit used to measure the chance of sudden death. 00:41

  2. Walking for 20 miles (32 km), driving for 300 miles (483 km), or riding a motorcycle for 7 miles (11 km) all expose you to about one micromort of risk. 01:37

  3. Soldiers in the RAF Bomber Command during WWII were exposed to about 25,000 micromorts per mission, or about one per second. 02:48

Written by Curiosity Staff December 1, 2015