The 12-21-12 Mayan Calendar Event. What Could Happen and How To Survive
Plan Ahead or Party Hearty?
Do I believe anything will happen on this auspicious date? Not really, but who knows? Those ancient Mayan astronomers were pretty good at their jobs, so who knows what will go down on the long awaited date?
However, there actually are few scenarios we may take a look at and decide for ourselves. Plus, a few tips to be in the right place at the time couldn’t hurt either. There have been several mass extinctions of the human race over the course of our existence, but fortunately for us, a few survivors managed to perpetuate our species despite these ancient catastrophes.
This article is intended to examine a few realistic possibilities of disastrous events which could change our lives from the present easy sailing to trying to survive a national or worldwide disaster. Otherwise, you may want to prepare for your 12-21-12 end of the world party by not waiting till the last minute to make out the guest list.
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What the Mayan's Actually Said!
Did the Mayans actually predict a calamitous event to happen on 12-21-12? Well not really, but their calendar ends on that date, or at least, this was the last day they actually listed on the stone chart.
I suppose it could merely be the calendar guy got tired or got another job which paid better. Or perhaps the Mayans may have suffered some political troubles and had to downsize or some such thing. But what if the date really did mean something significant.
As stated earlier, the Mayan astronomers were very good at charting the skies. Being able to chart the orbit of Venus for 500 years within a few minutes of its actual path--and doing this without a telescope or computer to help them-- is nothing to scoff at. So there is a chance they knew something we do not about a returning comet or asteroid impacting or disrupting our beautiful planet.
Besides, we are overdue for some sort of celestial impact as we average a major strike every 100 years or so. The last such impact was at Tunguska Siberia in 1909 when a suspected comet exploded several miles above the earth leveling the forests for a hundred square miles or more.
Fortunately, the area was largely uninhabited and the loss of life was limited to whatever wild animals lived in the forests beneath the exploding comet or asteroid. But this doesn’t mean we will always be that lucky as now humans are much more scattered across the surface of the earth and thus more susceptible to such a catastrophic impact or explosion.
Preparing For The Worst.
So how does one prepare for such an event? There is no surefire answer to this question but one can increase their odds by using a little common sense. An underground bunker or cave would be the best place to be, of course, but even this has its drawbacks unless the location is right. Since a large asteroid impact in the ocean could cause gigantic tidal waves it is preferable for the site to be quite distant from any ocean which might spawn such a surge of water.
And don’t forget the aftermath of the cataclysm, because just such an event caused the extinction of the dinosaurs over 65 million years ago. This is similar to what scientists claim would happen in a nuclear winter.
The skies would be dark for a long period of time, perhaps even years, due to the tons of dirt and debris ejected into the atmosphere when the object impacts the earth. Better stock up on some good survival foods and supplies in your cave, and be prepared to eat sparingly for a while.
Increased Solar Flare Activity?
Another possibility is a particularly strong solar flare which could disrupt our modern communications to the point of causing major food shortages and crop failures. Since the Mayans studied the sky for so long, they obviously picked up a few patterns concerning solar flares.
And according to scientists, solar flare activity is expected to pick up in 2012. Whether it will do so to the extent of creating massive problems for us is another matter entirely. Solar flare activity normally peaks and falls as a matter of course. Preparing for this scenario is a bit tricky though.
Flares may disrupt long range radio communications. The 11 year solar cycle of the sun may determine the peaks of solar flare activity and intensity. Such flares may cause radiation hazards to spacecraft and any astronauts or cosmonauts in outer space during massive solar flares.
Other dangers : radiation exposure and communication disruption. The Carrington Event which occurred in 1859--this was the most powerful solar flare recorded to date, and the first to be noticed by scientists--was so powerful it actually caused some telegraph systems to catch fire.
Magnetic pole reversal--Though not considered a real threat, increased volcanic activity, possible radiation increase caused by disruption of the atmosphere which normally protects us from such radiation, and increased volcanic activity could affect living creatures due to large amounts of ash being ejected into the atmosphere and creating a “nuclear winter” effect.
Sign Of The Times?
Earthquakes And Tsunamis
Earthquakes happen all of the time somewhere on earth, but there are some things which may increase the activity of both earthquakes and tsunamis as 2012 winds itself down. Volcanic activity can cause both of these disastrous events as eruptions displace both solid and liquid material in different ways.
An undersea eruption, or in the worst case scenario, an explosion of a volcano, could trigger both earthquakes and tsunamis large enough to cause devastating results to any land masses in the vicinity and for quite a distance away from the eruption itself.
Other things which may cause either of the two mentioned disasters are close encounters with other heavenly bodies as well as undersea plates shifting in a large degree.
Normally the damage is done in a localized area which would not be considered a global cataclysm such as is being discussed here. Nonetheless, survival tips will be discussed which take these two events into account.
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Global Warming Consequences?
Although the effects of global warming are considered to be relatively slow in terms of years, it is possible for things to accelerate on a much faster pace than you might imagine.
Recently, there have been rivers discovered running beneath some of the worlds largest glaciers as the ice begins to melt ever faster and the runoff, in turn, erodes and melts the surrounding ice, creating a snowball effect.
All of this fresh water being dumped into the oceans also tends to create other problems such as rising ocean levels and affecting both the salinity of the oceans and the marine life in them.
A recent satellite image over one of the poles show a huge crack in the ice which, when this huge section of ice breaks free from the pack, will be larger than Rhode island. Summer home anyone?
But this is just a thought and probably nothing to fear in the year 2012. You may want to keep future developments in mind though, because global warming is a definite future catastrophe in waiting. We’ll have to deal with it sometime before long.
So How Do I Survive 12-21- 12?
Since we have no way of knowing exactly what the nature of the Dec.-21-2012 cataclysm may be, we must try and decide what steps to take which will encompass most of these scenarios. There are some things you can do to increase your odds of survival if and when one of these events occur.
But even if nothing at all happens, these survival tips will still apply for other possible disasters as they suggest common sense advice for many different emergency situations. The same goes for the survival supplies and tools as they too may be considered necessities in times of emergency.
The Importance Of A Sanctuary
Perhaps the most important of tips concerning any possible world wide disaster is where to be or go to in such an event. It’s no secret city dwellers will be more at risk than those living in more isolated areas. Merely escaping from a large urban area may be the hardest part of seeking safety and sanctuary from any disaster. Just as is depicted in many sci-fi movies, roads and bridges leading from large cities will more than likely be jammed by wrecked and/or stalled vehicles. It only takes a couple of cars or trucks to block a tunnel or bridge.
In the case of the 12-21-12 scenario, it would be best to already be in your chosen area of sanctuary before the date arrives. Somewhere far inland and away from well known tourist spots is the ideal choice. Being already supplied with the best survival tools and plenty of food is a given. Be sure to check out the spot well beforehand, and if possible, store a cache of gasoline and other needed supplies in case you don’t have time to gather them when leaving the city.
Make sure there is a source of clean water near your sanctuary or else stash some beforehand. If you are really serious about surviving the even then it may be advisable to rent or lease an isolated farmhouse or other such dwelling to ride out the disastrous event. Try to already be there a couple of days ahead of time to avoid traffic jams and gas shortages. A well stocked cupboard is recommended as food may always be used later on if no disaster occurs.
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Since there would be electrical outages in most of the suggested scenarios a good generator is a must. Along with an emergency power supply there is also a need for adequate communication with the outside world. You cannot depend on cell phones if some of the disasters above occur.
A good CB or shortwave radio is recommended, as well as, a hand cranked weather/ emergency radio in case the generator fails or gas is in short supply. These weather radios are relatively inexpensive, and they are good for any other emergency situations as well.
Other means of emergency power are solar cells, small wind turbines, and/or generators. The beauty of the first two items is the lack of fuel needed for their operation, not to mention the added benefit of quiet operation. Because who needs noise which may alert others as to your position.
This may be extremely important as disasters tend to bring out the worst in folks because desperation often causes people to act differently than under normal conditions. Weapons for the protection of you and your family are essential if you are serious about surviving any world wide disaster. Sad, but true. Realism is another essential part of survival in tough times. Always keep this in mind as this is serious business.
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The Days Before the Event
Be sure to acquire some good quality survival tools, such as a good ax, multi-tool, and plenty of fire starting supplies. You may have to take to the woods at any time if a serious threat to your safety arises. As in ancient times, the wilderness offers safety if you are prepared to take advantage of it. Make this a last resort if possible, but having several backup plans is necessary for a good survival effort.
If you are the camping type, you may already have an RV of some sort and are already basically prepared for surviving certain disasters or cataclysms. Many motorhomes and travel trailers are already equipped with generators plus onboard water supplies and cooking utensils and may be secreted in many isolated areas around the country.
The days preceding Dec.-21st could be utilized as a pre-Christmas vacation just in case something really does occur. If not, then one can simply go home and be thankful for such a pleasant excursion in the country instead of the nightmare scenario predicted by some.
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Other essential supplies
If you, or any other member of your family, require special medical needs it is best to make certain you are well stocked in case of a long term stay in your sanctuary. A well supplied first aid kit is essential to your survival stockpile, as is a good medical handbook giving proper first aid techniques and procedures.
Over-the-counter painkillers and other common illness medications should also be stockpiled and, like the foodstuffs, can always be used later on. Make a list of the most used items as you get closer to the date and use this as an indication of what to stock up on. If you have access to antibiotics be sure and take these too.
Where to go ?
This is something you must decide for yourself as I am certainly not going to tell everyone what my preference for a sanctuary would be. Do your research and try to pick a spot off the beaten path which most people are not aware of. Yes, this may be the most difficult aspect of a successful survival attempt and one which must be given careful consideration. But at the very least, try to be a good distance from any large city if possible. Even a small isolated motel is better than nothing in a situation such as this.
Be prepared, is the best advice I can give you, and look for warning signs of something which may indicate a coming disaster or worldwide calamity. Will December the 12th 2012 be the date when all of this knowledge of survival will be most valuable? Who knows, but being prepared for any emergency situation should be your goal in this particular endeavor. Myself? I’ll be attending my 12-21-12 end of the world party, no matter what cave….er… location I’m in at the time. Good luck!
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