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.
Key Facts In This Video
A micromort is a unit used to measure the chance of sudden death. (0:41)
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. (1:37)
Soldiers in the RAF Bomber Command during WWII were exposed to about 25,000 micromorts per mission, or about one per second. (2:48)