Forecasted disasters on or leading up to 12/21/12.
Are you a believer? Many are, and worry about all the potential disasters that could occur when the Mayan calendar runs out on December 21, 2012. But what's the worst that could happen? Here, we lay out all the theories.
Tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mudslides, tsunamis, and climate change could threaten wildlife, cause unseasonable temperature fluctuations, drought, floods, accelerate global warming, and emit toxic pollution.
Wildfires and extremely hot temperatures could increase the risk for fires igniting anywhere, from open areas to cities to homes.
Danger in the Sky
Like one theory about the demise of the dinosaurs, this prediction assumes that something from outer space, like an asteroid or a cataclysmic astronomical event, will destroy the world.
Threats to society's essential structures include huge economic crashes, technical glitches, communication failures, and blackouts.
Some say 2012 could threaten our relationships and mental well-being. The threat of terrorism and other acts of human violence are also a concern.
End of the World
Others believe that, quite simply, the world will end in one big catastrophic event... or that POOF, it will just be over. No sign of life. Time will run out and the world could just cease to exist.
The important thing to take away here is that these are all just theories, most of which are heavily disputed and have no real basis for happening. Like every day, stay safe and try not to worry.