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USGS weighs in on Mayan Apocalypse

by admin default ~ December 19th, 2012

The US Geological Service has posted a feature on their website that evaluates the likelihood of doomsday occurring on December 21st. Based on the Mayan Calendar, December 21, 2012 is the last day on the Mayan Calendar. To address concerns that an end-of-days has been foretold over 5-thousand years ago, the USGS has thrown in their two cents.

From the USGS Website:

“Based on interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, some people are predicting the world will end on December 21, 2012, ¬†Others believe that instead of doomsday and destruction, the day will mark a new era for humanity and will be a time for celebration.

Such beliefs aside, what we know with certainty is that Earth has a tremendous capacity to generate natural disasters on any day of any year. For this reason, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists continue to look for ways to better forecast a wide range of natural hazards and protect our communities.”

The feature then describes what predictive capabilities the USGS is hoping to improve, including earthquake forecasting, volcanic unrest, landslides, wildfires, hurricanes and severe storms.
Their verdict on whether the apocalypse begins on Friday? Acording to the website, people should be prepared :

The question to consider on December 21, 2012, and every day is: Have I done everything I can to ensure that my family and I are prepared, should a disaster strike? This includes preparing and practicing your emergency plan and building a disaster supplies kit with food, water and basic needs. Natural disasters will continue to occur, on any given day, but a more informed scientific understanding can lead to better preparedness and safer communities.

3 Responses to USGS weighs in on Mayan Apocalypse

  1. Concerned Listener

    This is local news?

  2. Lorien Nettleton

    Alaska has a significant population of survival-minded residents who expect any range of scenarios that would necessitate self-sufficiency. That a Federal entity is willing to discuss catastrophic scenarios and advise people on ways to stay safe during times of crisis makes it relevant to the local audience.
    If this story doesn’t interest you, Concerned, stay tuned for updates from the latest PTA meeting.

  3. Josh

    The world will not end also dinosaurs will never
    Roam earth and astroids will never hit earth
    If stars blow up they send sonic sonars that can
    Go through anything ecsept earth