We’re continually being told the world is ending. Global warming will end life in a few short years, or the next terrorist attack will be with nuclear bombs that will make Earth explode. And that’s just what we’ve heard the last few years, without including the current pandemic and all of its gloom and doom.
Believe it or not, there are even more predictions of the apocalypse than that. Feast your eyes on some super-disaster predictions.
California’s Flood to End All Floods
California has long been warned of the “Big One” – the earthquake along the San Andreas Fault that will drown the entire West Coast. Only Dwayne Johnson can do anything about it. The threat is likely exaggerated, and it drowns out the more severe warning – the California Superstorm.
This is a storm that occurs every 100-200 years and creates flooding of Biblical proportions. The most recent such storm was in 1862 when it rained for 42 days and nights. See, we told you the flooding was Biblical. Thousands of people and hundreds of thousands of cattle drowned. Worse, California had to move its capital to San Francisco from Sacramento temporarily. The tops of some telegraph poles were submerged, Rowboat became the only viable means of transportation. The state went bankrupt.
The U.S. Geological Survey has a simulation called “ARkStorm.” (That’s short for “Atmospheric River 1000 Storm” and proof that scientists shouldn’t be allowed to name things). The simulation projects that a stretch of the Central Valley 300 miles long and 20 miles wide will be completely submerged. Up to 25 percent of California will be damaged in some way. “Coastal cities would flood. Winds of 60 to 125 miles per hour will blow, and landslides would make roads impassable.” Some quick math indicates that such a catastrophe is no more than 42 years away. You Gen-Z California kids need to come up with a plan.
A Japanese Earthquake That Could Destroy Economies
If you want to talk earthquake devastation, Japan is just as likely as California to suffer that Big One. You may recall the 2011 earthquake that featured the flooding of a nuclear power plant. That was nature beginning to warm up. A magnitude eight or nine earthquake striking population centers within the next 30 years is up to 70 percent likely, according to scientists. This could result in 323,000 casualties because this quake and the accompanying tsunami would happen with only around five minutes of warning – not great when you have tens of millions to evacuate. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has advised his citizens to be “calmly and appropriately afraid.”
Even worse, the quake’s epicenter would be in the heart of Japanese manufacturing, which would essentially destroy Japan’s economy. This is a big deal – much of your life is Made in Japan outside of Nintendo games. This area is also the home of Toyota and many Boeing factories. The leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, the production of half of the world’s musical instruments, and the factories for the parts for one-third of the world’s smartphones are all in this region. So if this quake happens tomorrow, your text messages and meet-ups are going to happen through carrier pigeon and a horseback ride.
Sea Levels Rise by 10-12 Feet Due to the Antarctic Glacier
“Your grandchildren will have to address climate change, not you.” The problem is, it’s our grandparents that gave birth to that notion. Some threats are not far away. One of them is the West Atlantic ice sheet.
Speculation is increasing that we’re just one crack away from this glacier collapsing into the ocean. If it goes, it will change the coastlines of our world. Experts say it’s a matter of “when,” not “if.”
The Pine Island glacier (about 25 miles wide), and the Thwaites glacier (75 miles wide), are the trouble spots. Each glacier could raise sea levels by two feet if they suddenly crumble. That’s a problem. A bigger one is that they’re acting like corks holding back a terrifying amount of ice.
As this ice melted, it would rapidly raise sea levels between 10-12 feet. How terrible would that be? Around 28,800 square miles of US coastal land would be completely submerged underwater. This would wipe out New York City, New Orleans, Boston, and Norfolk. About 12.3 million people live in those places. The entire state of Florida would also be underwater. At least we would have less Dumb Crook News to deal with, right?
Radioactive Waste Storage May Explode at Any Time
Keep in mind that nuclear power is a relatively safe, efficient, and remarkably clean alternative to coal. We just have to get rid of nuclear waste. What is happening right now is the waste is transforming the underground United States into one big atomic bomb that will explode with a well-placed earthquake.
When a nuclear power plant removes its used fuel, it is typically stored underwater in “cooling pools.” We’re not sure if the government is ever going to figure out what to do with it. Some scientists from Princeton writing for Science journal say these cooling pools are so densely packed that they’re just a time bomb. The federal government, claiming “fiscal responsibility,” has been covering up the risk.
If some kind of catastrophe happened at any one of the dozens of reactor cooling pools across the country tomorrow (earthquake, major fire, deliberate terror attack, etc.), the scientists say the resulting radiation storm would cover an area twice the size of the state of New Jersey, killing around eight million people, and cause $2 trillion in damages. We still can’t correctly measure nuclear disasters, but the scientists confidently tell us that this kind of catastrophe could create “several” disasters similar to Fukushima.
According to scientists, the U.S. government has been downplaying the risk and dragging its feet on the matter, even though better storage options already exist. They’ve even been accused of letting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission massage the data to arrive at a low-risk conclusion.