From the very beginning of recorded civilization, humans the world over have been fascinated with the apocalypse. It's in almost every one of our legends and myths, and the stories are the same wherever you go. Long ago, a huge event wiped out everyone except the "chosen ones," and these survivors went on to repopulate the world. But each legend comes with a dire warning – what happened before will one day happen again. Are these just myths? Or are these based on real events and past experiences of the human race? What's unavoidably true is that entire civilizations have been wiped out in the past. We have the archaeological and historical evidence to prove it. Just look at Pompeii, the Indus Valley civilization, or the Olmecs of South America.
But can we really depend on signs and prophecies to warn us about the coming apocalypse? The truth is that it depends. Some of these signs are based on science, some are based on superstition, and the rest are somewhere in between. In the end, you really have to make up your own mind about whether or not you believe this stuff. And at the end of the day, what's the point of worrying about it? You might not even live to see that earthquake or asteroid impact you've been worrying about, so why not just live in the moment?
But that's not to say we should be irresponsible about how we live and treat the planet. Many of the signs of a coming apocalypse are things that we can change and fix before it gets too late. Things like pollution, destroying animal habitats, and poisoning our own water supplies are things we should take very seriously because they can definitely threaten our lives. The other signs of a coming apocalypse? Well... Whether you believe them or not, they sure make for great reading.
15 The Yellowstone Volcano Could Erupt Soon
The Yellowstone Volcano last erupted over 600,000 years ago, and it seems to blow its top in random intervals. Scientists have become increasingly worried in recent years and months about the volcano waking up from its long slumber. So what would happen if Yellowstone erupted? It would essentially mean the end of civilization in the United States, Canada, and other regions nearby. The last time it erupted it threw ash into the sky for 240 cubic miles around the volcano. It would bury at least three states in three feet of ash, killing all plant life, shutting down powerplants, and even blocking out the sun.
But what are the chances of this happening? In July, a 5.8 earthquake hit a region just a couple hundred miles away from the volcano. Many believed it would trigger the eruption, but luckily, the sleeping giant slept on. A scientist did confirm that these earthquakes can in fact trigger the eruption, however, and he stated: “The swarm in 2010 on the Madison Plateau lasted at least three weeks. In 1985, there was one that lasted several months. Yellowstone has had dozens of these sorts of earthquake swarms in the last 150 years it's been visited. The last volcanic eruption within the caldera was 70,000 years ago. For magma to reach the surface, a new vent needs to be created, which requires a lot of intense geological activity.”
14 Possible Asteroid Impacts Are Looking More Likely
Asteroids pose another huge threat to us, and a massive one is looking more and more likely every day. The Earth is basically flying through a minefield of asteroids. Most of them burn up in our atmosphere, but many are large enough to do serious damage. There are numerous example of this in the past. The theory that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a massive asteroid is pretty widely accepted. There is also the Tunguska event in the early 1900s, where a large asteroid impacted the Earth in a largely uninhabited part of Siberia, flattening trees and smashing windows that were hundreds of miles away.
The general consensus is that if it happened once, it can and will happen again – it's only a matter of time. Scientists are getting better at spotting new asteroids, but at our current level of technology, that doesn't really do us much good. We can't alter the path of asteroids yet, so advanced warning will do nothing. Large asteroids are easy to see, but smaller ones can be harder to spot. Additionally, there are those that approach in a hidden part of space. One example is asteroid 2012 TC4, which almost hit the earth earlier this month. But it might come back and hit us again, as an expert explained: “We know today that it will also not hit the Earth in the year 2050. But the close flyby in 2050 might deflect the asteroid such that it could hit the Earth in the year 2079.” This is just one example.
13 A Russian River Mysteriously Turned Red
In September of last year, a Russian river mysteriously turned blood red. People were pretty freaked out, and some immediately took it as a sign that the world was about to end. We're still here, so obviously that didn't happen, but it is a pretty weird sign that a lot of people took to heart. This river is called the Daldykan River, and it's found near the city of Norilsk, which is within the Arctic circle. So what caused the red tinge? The most probable reason is a leakage from a metal factory upstream that produces nickel. The water probably mixed with the mineral ore, creating the reddish tinge.
So perhaps this isn't indicative of the end of the world per se, but it is yet another sign that the world is much too polluted these days, and the symbolism of blood is fitting for a dying Earth. We are dumping way too much waste products into the water, the very veins of our planet, and soon we will be the ones who start to suffer as a result. Still, many people take this sign as a biblical indication of the apocalypse, since it bears such a strong resemblance to certain stories in the bible.
12 Solar Flares Are Getting Stronger And Stronger
Solar flares are another huge threat that not many people really know about. About a month ago, the Earth was hit with its strongest flare since 2009. This was an almost unprecedented X9.3 flare, which actually caused radio blackouts across the globe in early September when it reached the Earth. There was also widespread sightings of Auroras where they were previously never seen, in places like Edinborough or central Canada. This is even weirder considering that the Earth is supposed to be approaching its solar minimum, the period of time when its radiation is weakest for its 11-year cycle. Could the sun be moving into a new stage which humanity has never seen before?
What happens when a truly powerful solar flare hits the Earth? There have been many examples in the past. In 2001, the most powerful solar flare on record hit the Earth, causing damage to Canada's power grids. But the most powerful solar storm of all time was probably back in 1859. We don't actually know the severity of this storm since we didn't have sophisticated measuring tools back then, but if it happened today, it would be a major world event. Since we are dependent on electricity for everything today, a solar storm of that magnitude would wipe out all power plants that were not shut down beforehand.
The transformers would essentially be "fried" and overloaded by the solar radiation. Because the international banking system is dependent on the internet, this would cause a major stock market crash as the banks would lose all record of digital currency. Studies have shown that with a global shutdown of power, 90% of the population would die within 12 months. Additional studies have shown that it takes on average 3 years to obtain a replacement for a damaged power transformer.
11 What's The Real Purpose Of The Large Hadron Collider?
More and more theories about the large hadron collider keep popping up everyday. Many are convinced that this device will spell doom for the entire planet. Some believe it is an intentional doomsday device created for nefarious means, while others think it's simply a case of scientists playing around with technology they can neither control nor fully understand. It definitely doesn't help that there's a giant statue of the Hindu Goddess of Destruction, Shiva, right outside the facility.
But it's not just crazy conspiracy theorists that believe that this thing could blow up our planet. In the words of Steven Hawking himself, "The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become metastable at energies above 100 [billion] gigaelectronvolts (GeV). This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light. This could happen at any time and we wouldn't see it coming."
Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees, saying, “Ask yourself: how much energy is keeping it together? Then you put more than that amount of energy into the object. It will explode.”
10 Two Days Of Snow In Italy - Just As The Prophecy Fortold
Here's one of the weirdest signs of the end of the world: two days of snow in Italy. Back in the early 1500s, a man described by many as a "sorcerer" made the following prophecy: “Salento of palm trees and mild south wind, snowy Salento but never after the touch. Two days of snow, two flashes in the sky, I know the world ends, but I do not yearn.” What this man was saying is basically that the world will end after it snows for two days in Salento, one of the hottest and sunniest places in Italy. Well, in 2017, it actually happened. This was the first time it had ever snowed in this region, and the event was part of a nasty temperature drop across Europe that saw a few unprepared people lose their life.
So is the world really about to end? It's a sign of a prophecy coming true, but there's no guarantee that the man who made this prediction, Matteo Tafuri, actually believed what he was saying or had any basis for this prediction. That's obvious. The second part of his prediction is interesting, though. He speaks of "Two flashes in the sky." What could that be referring to? Perhaps a nuclear war between two nations? North Korea and the US, for instance? Maybe an asteroid or a solar flare? Who knows...
9 The US Economy Could Crash Soon
Perhaps the greatest threat facing the world comes not from space, the sun, prophecies or biblical signs, but plain and simple numbers. An economic crash has been rumored to be in the works for years now, but somehow it's staying afloat. The killing blow to the world economy would be the crash of the US economy and the Federal Reserve. It's no secret that the US is in insane amounts of debt. But does that really matter when the federal reserve continues to print money? Is this kind of plan even sustainable? You get the feeling that at some point, something has got to give.
There are many signs that the US economy will soon fail. First of all, there is the insane amount of debt, not just regarding the country as a whole but individual citizens. More Americans are now in serious debt than ever before. A big part of this is due to student loans, which can skyrocket to the point where they seem impossible to ever be paid off. And many students never do. For a long time, the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates artificially low. Now they're being forced to raise them, and the average American is not prepared. And to top it all off, the credit rating for the United States was recently downgraded from AAA to AA+, meaning borrowing money will cost billions more for the American government. These costs will be paid for by the American taxpayer.
8 Weird "Blood Red" Moons
Another strange phenomenon that many are taking as a sign of the endtimes is the prevalence of so-called "blood moons." We've all heard the iconic quote from Legolas in The Lord Of The Rings movie: "The red sun rises... blood has been spilled this day." Some religious faiths believe this is a sign of the coming apocalypse. A "red moon" can be caused by two things, smokey haze in the sky, or a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves behind the Earth into its shadow, with the sun on the other side. Forest fires often cause the moon to appear red, which can explain why there have been so many of them. Some ancient peoples believed a red moon signified that the moon god was being attacked by evil demons or spirits.
But let's go back to that Legolas quote from Lord Of The Rings. Many people who watched this movie assumed that Legolas had some kind of Elfin superpower that let him use the moon to look into the past. But the truth was far simpler. He was merely referring to the fact that there was smoke in the sky from a battle the previous night, and deduced through logic that the battle had caused bloodshed. This is actually symbolic of our own view of blood moons today. When looking at it through a logical point of view, it still signifies the end of the world in a way, because it's the result of the insane amount of forest fires that have happened in the last few years. There's nothing mystical about it; it's just logical.
7 Just A Matter Of Time Before The West Coast Gets A Massive Quake
This is something a lot of us living on the west coast prefer not to think about. Anyone who grew up here was constantly told throughout school that they were long overdue for the "big one," a massive earthquake that would destroy most of the cities on the west coast. The threat comes from the fact that almost all of the cities are placed along the famed San Andreas fault-line, which goes straight through the so-called "ring of fire," a chain of volcanoes that will erupt given sufficient geological activity. And people on the west coast are starting to get the sinking feeling that it's "their turn" to feel the might of an earthquake. We've seen massive quakes all over the world, most notably in Japan and Haiti, while the west coast has come out unscathed.
Back in the early 1700s, a magnitude 9 earthquake hit off the coast of Vancouver Island, in the pacific ocean. Native tribes living there were completely wiped out. The quake triggered a tsunami that stretched to Japan, where the entire coastline was also destroyed. If this happens again, which it will, residents will have barely 20 minutes to get to higher ground before the tsunami hits. Experts say that since 1700, the pressure between these massive tectonic plates has been building up continuously, and the pressure is now mounting. In addition, the volcanoes along the pacific rim of fire are expected to erupt every 400 to 600 years. The last major eruption, Mt. St. Helens in 1980, is considered to be a major warning sign.
6 North Korea Is Preparing For Nuclear War
As scary as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis might be, Mother Nature might not be the real threat. Nuclear war has threatened to wipe out civilization before, and the way things are looking right now, it could do so again. The concept of mutually assured destruction was barely enough to deter America and Russia from launching nukes during the Cuban missile crisis, and the whole world is bracing itself as we enter another potentially similar sequence of events. The country in question this time is North Korea, which has been testing rockets continuously and defiantly. Many of these rockets are being fired over and through Japanese and South Korean airspace, nations which are of course allies to the US. In addition, North Korea has repeatedly threatened to strike both targets within the US and its military bases with nuclear warheads.
A potential sign that this is moving one step closer to war are the reports that North Korea is staging large scale evacuation exercises. This indicates that North Korea believes that nuclear war is a real threat. The question is whether they are doing this because they believe that the US will strike them, or whether they are getting ready to launch themselves. These types of evacuation and blackout drills are almost unheard of in North Korea.
5 NASA Just Admitted Planet X Is Real
For quite some time, there was a massive conspiracy theory that revolved around the existence of an additional planet in our solar system. According to the theory, this ninth planet, or Planet X, has a much longer elliptical orbit that takes it far away from the sun and the other planets, only to come rushing back into our planet's "neighborhood," every ten to twenty thousand years. The more extreme versions of this theory refer to the planet as "Nibiru," and claim that the Mesopotamians and Hopi knew about this planet. They also claim it will cause widespread destruction to our planet, and possibly end all civilization.
A Caltech researcher stated recently that "There are now five different lines of observational evidence pointing to the existence of Planet Nine." A NASA scientist echoed this idea, saying, "The possibility of a new planet is certainly an exciting one for me as a planetary scientist and for all of us. This is not, however, the detection or discovery of a new planet. It's too early to say with certainty there's a so-called Planet X. What we're seeing is an early prediction based on modelling from limited observations. It's the start of a process that could lead to an exciting result."
As you can see, NASA pretty much admitted that Planet X or Planet Nine is very possibly real. They are being very cautious and choosing their words carefully, because they have denied its existence for so long. They also go on record to say that if it does exist, it's 10 times the mass of Earth, and has an orbit which takes ten to twenty thousand years to revolve around the sun. What happens when it reaches Earth? Who knows...
4 The United Nations Is Now Powerless To Stop Conflict
The continual failure of the United Nations might be yet another sign that civilization is heading towards collapse. The organization is looking more and more powerless every day, and many people are beginning to ask what its real purpose is. There have been multiple corruption scandals, and many instances where the UN did nothing when lives could have been saved. Past conflicts in Africa have resulted in mass genocide when the UN sent only a vastly undermanned and underfunded peacekeeping force. But that's not the only example. You could say that since the end of World War II, we haven't really stopped fighting each other. The United Nations was formed to stop wars from happening, but clearly they haven't had any effect. If anything, wars have slowly been getting more and more devastating since the formation of this group.
They say history repeats itself. Well, we need only look back at the United Nations' past incarnation, the League Of Nations, for signs of what might happen in the future. World War II began in part because the League of Nations failed to do its job of keeping the peace and resolving international conflicts. Many are saying that the United Nations is in a very similar position now. If the United Nations doesn't do its job, we could easily see World War III break out as a result.
3 The Past Solar Eclipse
Many people see the solar eclipse as a sign of coming doom, and we saw a stunning and spectacular one only a few months ago. For those that experienced it, there was something definitely eerie about the Earth going dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day. It reminds us all that the Earth may have some surprises in store for us in the coming years. But some have taken this as a literal sign that the apocalypse is coming. The most outspoken of these are certain Christian groups that believe that the apocalypse signifies coming tribulation.
But Jews and Christians alike recognize the symbolic significance of the eclipse, because of its biblical context. According stories in both Jewish and Christian texts, the cruel pharaohs were punished by God with an eclipse for enslaving the Hebrews. Since the pharaohs worshiped a sun God, this seemed like the end of the world for them, and a sign of God's wrath upon sinners.
Other cultures also have very strong traditions and myths surrounding solar eclipses. The native people of the South Americas went wild with fear when eclipses occurred, sacrificing people of light complexion and running around screaming.
2 Weather Is Getting Insane
Perhaps the biggest sign of impending doom is the rise in natural disasters in the last few years. The weather seems to be going insane, and almost everyone in the world is seeing the results of this. Forest fires are stronger and wilder than they ever used to be. This is true in America, Canada, Portugal, and many other places. This is of course as a result of rising temperatures, although arsonists and careless people are also to blame. There's also been a huge influx of hurricanes and other strong weather systems, with Hurricane Harvey the latest one to wreak havoc on a heavily populated area.
So what's causing all of this insane weather? Many attribute this to rising sea levels, higher carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and rising temperatures. But most mainstream scientists will tell you that climate change merely amplifies the risk factors for extreme weather patterns, and it doesn't actually cause it. The general consensus is that hurricanes at least were caused by the lack of an El Nino this year. The truth of the matter is that the Earth is a complex thing that we don't really understand as well as we might think we do...
1 Signs Of A Coming Pole Shift
Scientists are getting increasingly worried about weak spots appearing in the Earth's geomagnetic field, and they're starting to think we might be on the brink of a pole shift. Pole shifts happen fairly regularly in the Earth's history, and the last one happened a few hundred thousand years ago. Scientists are divided over what exactly happens during a pole shift. Some say that these events won't really cause too much doom and gloom, and we can stop worrying about them. Others believe that past pole shifts have caused the extinction of entire species, such as the Neanderthals. But almost all scientists agree that a pole shift would be linked with power grid failures, as well as the failure of communication systems. Such an event could very well result in serious problems for our society.
A weakened geomagnetic field may be a sign of a coming pole shift, but having a weak field is actually a pretty big problem in itself, especially given the strange and extremely strong solar flares we've been seeing recently. As one scientist explains, "Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) occasionally occur on the sun, and sometimes hurtle directly toward Earth. Some of the particles associated with CMEs can be blocked by Earth's magnetic field. With a weak field, this shielding is less efficient."
Sources: wikipedia.org, nationalgeographic.com
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