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In the event of worldwide catastrophe as depicted in the movie, and believed by many the only survivors in my opinion will be those of sheer luck. No amount of preparation will do you any good. The only ones who survive would be ones who just luckily happened to be in a place that wasn't as harshly affected.
Originally posted by Isildur1
The world was supposed to have ended a hundred times by now from various "predictions" and doomsday theories. I Believe none of it. I will not waste my time preparing for an event which will not occur in my lifetime, and go on with my day to day activities like normal.
Its going to be hilarious in 2013 when all the 2012 believers will have their tails between their legs and hiding in a corner.
Originally posted by spikey
In my limited knowledge on the subject of total worldwide disaster, EQ, Tsunamis, impacts, etc...there would be only *two* areas that might permit survival, or at least a greater chance of it.
I reckon they would be up in the atmosphere, such as a helium/hot air balloon (an aircraft may be ok if the disaster was widespread, but *very* short lived) as it could stay aloft for extended periods of time...would escape the geological forces and tidal wave floods, although the wind may get *very* rough and wild (still better than being on the ground though).
The other place for relative safety would be *under* the seas.
Using a sub, deep down in the sea, you'd escape most of the tidal waves and EQ effects.
Earth's fate is precarious. As a red giant, the Sun will have a maximum radius beyond the Earth's current orbit, 1 AU (1.5×1011 m), 250 times the present radius of the Sun. However, by the time it is an asymptotic giant branch star, the Sun will have lost roughly 30% of its present mass due to a stellar wind, so the orbits of the planets will move outward. If it were only for this, Earth would probably be spared, but new research suggests that Earth will be swallowed by the Sun owing to tidal interactions. Even if Earth would escape incineration in the Sun, still all its water will be boiled away and most of its atmosphere would escape into space. Even during its current life in the main sequence, the Sun is gradually becoming more luminous (about 10% every 1 billion years), and its surface temperature is slowly rising. The Sun used to be fainter in the past, which is possibly the reason life on Earth has only existed for about 1 billion years on land. The increase in solar temperatures is such that in about another billion years the surface of the Earth will likely become too hot for liquid water to exist, ending all terrestrial life.
Originally posted by thedoctorswife
This time nearly last year, when i joined ATS i didnt think this was possible, but everyday, seeing the changes in the world, i am becoming to think more and more that this could be a reality.
But major earthquakes across entire plates due to pole shifts would surely crush or otherwise make any underground shelter a lost cause.
Waves coming inland and covering the entire US or other landmasses would, bury you under a new ocean.
300 foot or taller tsunami waves would destroy any boat I could think of, surely any boat known to be in existence today, regardless of the size.
Then, what becomes of the thousands of nuclear power plants spread across the globe. In the event of mass earthquakes, land shifts, tsunamis, and other destruction, would these facilities not release tons of radiation into the water and atmosphere? If so, and by some chance you did survive the initial destruction, how long would fallout last from 1000's of nuclear plants?
So just carry on and ignore what others say - they know as much as you.
And that is nothing.
But what if the disaster was from the sun like many people believe, it could be a coronal mass ejection on a scale never witnessed(by modern humans) that basically just scorches the planet?
Originally posted by ThaLoccster In the event of any of these ideas becoming reality, luck is more likely to decide your fate than your stockpiled beans and underground complex.