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You've probably seen and heard many articles about the end of the Mayan calendar on Friday December 21, 2012 meaning it'll be The End Of The World As We Know It .. but don't worry since it ain't gonna happen.
Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the claims behind the apocalypse quickly unravel when pinned down to the 2012 timeline.
For example, here are some Q & As from NASA...
Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?
A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.
What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the Earth's crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?
A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-switch to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. Scientists believe a magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia.
How do NASA scientists feel about claims of the world ending in 2012?
A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
Also keep in mind it's been December 21, 2012 in Australia, Japan and other countries on the other side of the world for some time now and ... so far, so good.
So ... instead of listening to a bunch of outrageous predictions, consider focusing on general preparedness to learn how to prepare for and recover from various types of disasters and emergencies in USFRA's Disaster Preparedness group
And enjoy the winter solstace and first day of winter Friday ... then get ready to party and celebrate Christmas and the New Year!