Mayan Apocalypse 2012 Debunked: When Will The World Really End?

By Melissa Siegel on December 21, 2012 1:06 PM EST

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The Mayan apocalypse has been debunked, but could the world still end in the near future? (Photo: flickr.com / archer10 (Dennis))

It is now past 11:11 a.m. ET on December 21, 2012, which means that predictions of a Mayan apocalypse were wrong. But, there are still plenty of people who believe that the end of the world is imminent.

As Reading Eagle notes, some at the Farsight Institute in Atlanta believe that an apocalypse could occur within the next six months. The Institute's website describes a study the group is doing at many locations across the world.  The data determined that several disasters could hit most of those locations by the middle of next year, including severe storms, solar radiation, and flooding along coastal areas.

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While the Institute has no concrete proof of these findings about the latest date for the apocalypse, it does note several warning signs. Some of these are a bit questionable, such as the argument that countries are acting like they will never be able to pay off their debts because they know the world is coming to an end.

However, there may be some truth to the rumors that the world could end sometime in 2013. NASA previoulsly predicted major solar flare activity in 2013, according to the Daily Telegraph. Some believe flares could disrupt electricity throughout the world.

While this may not be a true Mayan apocalypse, a world without electricity could indeed be a scary one. Just look at NBC's television show "Revolution" for a peek at what that society would be like. However, as we previously reported, NASA now believes that the upcoming solar flare cycle will be an "average" one that will not cause any extensive damage.

Others who believe the apocalypse still will come prefer the Bible's point of view. The website markbeast.com describes the theory that the Mayans did not predict the end of the world, but God did. The author of the site, Nora Roth, believes the world will end in the fall of 2015. According to Roth, God will tire of the sins of the people by 2015 and destroy the world, leading to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Roth, too, uses circumstantial evidence to bolster her claim, including widespread terrorist activity, the creation of new diseases, and increased global warming.

As we previously reported, predictions of a Mayan apocalypse seemed farfetched, as do these prophecies. Still, as NJ.com notes, there are still many believing the world will end in the near future, for one reason or another. Other popular theories include a shortage of food and/or fuel, a supervirus wiping out the planet, or nuclear war. The Daily Record in England also has posted a list of some of the other ways the world could end, including a giant asteroid, or, our personal favorite, a zombie apocalypse.

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