Wednesday, January 2, 2013

No worries, the world could still end in 2013

I’m still stuck on the 2012 end of the world prediction thing. While 2012 has come and gone, I can’t help but think of all those preppers who adamantly insisted and prepped for the end of the world. They invested everything into the one date.

While I haven’t invested my every dollar, I have had stock on hand since 1998 and rotated it for freshness. In 1998, the company I worked for started testing for Y2K and everything failed. Since then it has just been a habit and a hobby.

The 2012 predictions was based on theory and the Mayan calendar. It picked up momentum out of obsession and commercialization. It was not fact based like Y2K. But have no fear, if you have invested in the Apocalypse or felt let down that nothing happened, no worries, the world could still end in 2013 and by some fact based events.

To make your day, I've compiled a short list.

Solar Flare
It is a well known fact that scientists at NASA have been predicting a solar flare of record size to hit earth between January and March of 2013. Not that it will scorch us into oblivion but according to Nasa ..

 it could damage everything from aircraft and ground controls, emergency services’ systems, emergency hospital equipment, banks and traffic controls, through to everyday items that we all take for granted such as home computers, tvs and the driver’s friend – the Sat Nav. Power grids could overheat and bring counties to their knees whilst electronic items, navigation devices and even satellites could stop working after the Sun reaches its maximum power sometime in 2013. The effect of such a ‘storm’ could be felt for days, weeks or even months as we try to bring the World back on line with electricity, communications and vital services.

So in an essence, total society breakdown because the sun burps.

100 meter Asteroid DA14
Yep, we can go the way of the dinosaurs … sort of.
The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites.
There is a possibility the asteroid will collide with Earth, but further calculation is required to estimate the potential threat and work out how to avert possible disaster, NASA expert Dr. David Dunham told students at Russia’s University of Electronics and Mathematics.

Yellowstone Caldera or … Siberian traps

Oh, yeah, these ‘Super Volcanoes’ are ready to blow. Increased seismic activity, if one of these two bad boys blow, we are looking at the next ice age. Man’s extinction. These two calderas are often ignored, but they are scary facts of life. They are like puberty pimples. They can swell up at any time, erupt and make our lives miserable.

EV-71 – The New Hand Foot and Mouth disease.

How freaking scary is this one? Ever heard of it? Sure you heard of HFM disease, a very common child hood ailment, but EV-71 is a lethal strain. Get a fever, cold symptoms, cold sore … die. It is an antibiotic resistant strain that has a fatality rate of 90%. No kidding, look it up. In Cambodia. 59 children were infect, 52 died.

Incidentally …. 1990’s, Russian was working on a deadly strain of hand foot and mouth disease.  Specially in a weapons plant located near the China border. When the bio weapons project was banned in 1992. This particular strain went missing. Also, photos show that the plant, near China, is till operational.

While I have scratched off Mayan Apocalypse from my list, these remain. Thought I'd feed your apocalypse visions some more, I know you missed it.

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