5 Mass Extinction Events That Could End Life On Earth…Just The Facts

Mass Extinction

One thing that no matter how much you prepare for is a mass extinction event.

As preppers, and survivalists we spend a lot of time, and money preparing for worst case scenarios. Just how likely is it that something really bad is going to happen.

Looking back over time there are 5 mass extinction events that could end life on earth, or put the human race in a really bad place.

These are not meant to scare anyone, just presenting the facts here. So here are the 5 mass extinction events that could do it.

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By C. Davis

1-A Nuclear War

Nuclear powers

Between 1940 and 1996, the U.S. spent at least $8.75 trillion (present-day terms) on nuclear weapons development. It is estimated that, since 1945, the United States produced more than 70,000 nuclear warheads, which is more than all other nuclear weapon states combined.

The Soviet Union/Russia has built approximately 55,000 nuclear warheads since 1949, France built 1110 warheads since 1960, the United Kingdom built 835 warheads since 1952, China built about 600 warheads since 1964, and other nuclear powers built less than 500 warheads all together since they developed their first nuclear weapons.

After the signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, nuclear powers reduced their warheads to less than a half.

Nuclear Powers:

Nuclear Powers

Nuclear Threats that can lead to TEOTWAWKI

If an astronomic apocalypse happens once every 60 million years (so the probability to occur this year is one in 60 million), the probability to face a nuclear war in one’s lifetime is very, very high. Some estimates go as high as 25%. And I tend to believe them. During the Cold War two times we were on the verge of a nuclear war.

Now, that Russia is emerging again as a military power and wants to regain control over the lost USSR sphere of influence and China is caching up as an economic and military power, the possibilities are limitless.

Nuclear Powers

North Korea and its despotic leaders have already made threats of launching nuclear bombs. The world’s most militarized society, with a total of 1.21 million active duty personnel, North Korea has the 4th largest army in the world, after China, the U.S., and India. North Korea itself it’s not a threat to US or other nuclear powers. But backed up by China it can burst into a new world war. A nuclear one. TEOTWAWKI may be just around the corner.

Since the creation of modern republics of India and Pakistan, the two countries have been involved in four wars, as well as many border skirmishes and military stand-offs. The nuclear conflict between both countries is of passive strategic nature with nuclear doctrine of Pakistan stating a first strike policy. A new war between these two countries can bust into a nuclear war.

What would a U.S.-Russia nuclear war look like?

The chances that the U.S. and Russia will clash  over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine are very slim. Mostly because Ukraine isn’t a member of NATO, and President Obama is not President Bush. But many of Russian neighbors are NATO members: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Traditionally these states were all in Russia’s sphere of influence. Putin’s ambitions may extend to these states too.

The entire stockpile of U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) is essentially aimed squarely at Russia. Russia’s hundreds of ICBMs are probably returning the favor. In all, the U.S. has about 7,700 nuclear warheads, including 1,950 warheads ready to deploy via ICBM, submarine, and airplane, plus thousands more in mothballs or waiting to be dismantled, according to the latest tally by the Federation of American Scientists. Russia has slightly more warheads overall — about 8,500 — but a slightly fewer 1,800 of them operational. China, in comparison, has about 250 nuclear warheads, a bit less that France (300) and a bit more than Britain (225).

Nuclear war with Russia is still mutually assured destruction.

– Peter Weber – What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?

Here are the largest military bases in the world – from both Russia and NATO.

It’s very hard to estimate the outcome of such a war. Nobody wants it. Even if NATO has a slightly advantage over Russia in term of manpower and military armament, the most “favored” it’s the one who starts it.

As I was saying China is emerging as a new military power. And now it is backed up by its growing economy. Not to mention its manufacturing and army manpower. Soon its military power will overpass Russia and most likely US. Traditionally, there is a bound between Russia and China, although not a very strong one it seems to grow tighter and tighter.

WW3 NATO vs Russia-ChinaA World War between NATO and Russia-China and their sphere of influence would look very grim on both sides – map on the right.
Hopefully this will not happen!

TEOTWAWKI will not happen now! But in time new powers and new leaders will emerge. The order of the world will change and nobody knows for sure what will be outcome. Even if it’s just a one in a hundred chance to face a nuclear war in a year, it means that almost for sure will face one during this century. A nuclear war will change the way we live. Because of the radiation all states will face the consequences. It will be mass extinction!

2-An Asteroid/Comet Impact

Meteorites enter Earth’s atmosphere daily. The reason why they do not impact is their small size. Almost all meteorites disintegrate when entering our atmosphere. Although there are hundreds of recorded Earth impacts. In some cases causing deaths, injuries, property damage or other significant localized consequences.

One of the most-known recorded impacts in modern times was the Tunguska event, which occurred in Siberia, Russia, in 1908. The 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor event is the only known such event to result in a large number of injuries.

But those asteroids were small comparing to what actually may hit us. The most notable non-terrestrial event is the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 impact, which – luckily for us – collided with Jupiter on July 1994. If it were to hit Earth, it would have been TEOTWAWKI and mass extinction on Earth.

What can we do?

TEOTWAWKI Meteor Crater

We think that science has reached the level where it can stop such events. That is not true.

Firstly we tend to believe that we will find out about the asteroid’s collision with our Planet long time before it will actually hit us. That is also not true. We know the orbits of some asteroids and we make our predictions based on the celestial objects that we know. We simply don’t have enough astronomers and observatories to monitor/see all meteorites heading towards Earth. Most likely the asteroid will hit us without notice.

Second, even if we know days, months, years ahead of the collision, what can we really do? Forget about scientific movies where the asteroid it’s bombarded with atomic bombs and it explodes in the outer space. Asteroids travel with 11 km/sec (25,000 mph) to 72 km/sec (160,000 mph). It’s difficult to hit such a fast moving target. And what rocket will transport the nuke? There is no such specially made rocket or nuke. If mankind wants to survive surpass such an event it has to prepare. Now would be better! Perhaps we are too busy fighting each other.

What can you do?

Luckily the asteroid won’t hit your exact location or your state, which means you will survive. But the debris will cover the skies for a few years. Only a part of the Sun’s light will pass the dust and a global winter will emerge. It will be impossible for plants and plankton to carry out photosynthesis and food will become scares.

People will die of starvation and powerful countries will subdue the weaker ones stilling their food supplies. Wars will start and the possibility of a nuclear war will considerably rise. Having at least a 5-10 year food supplies and a bunker or a safe room will probably save your life. I have something you need to watch. It’s much better than I am at explaining the threat. Watch it and learn why you need your own sustainable food source and how you can produce it even in such an apocalyptic event.

3-A Supernova Blast

TEOTWAWKI Supernova Blast

A supernova is the explosion of a very big star. Supernovas are extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy. During this interval a supernova can radiate as much energy as the Sun is expected to emit over its entire life span. The explosion expels much or all of a star’s material at a speed of up to 10% of the speed of light, driving a shock wave into the surrounding interstellar medium.

One theory suggests that a supernova would have to be closer than 3300 light-years to affect the Earth biosphere. The closest known candidate is IK Pegasi located at 150 light-years away. When it will blast into a supernova we will be in big trouble. In 2009 scientists (archeologists) found evidence that a supernova blast was the cause of the Ordovician–Silurian extinction, which resulted in the death of nearly 60% of the oceanic life on Earth (terrestrial life didn’t exist).

What can we do?

The gamma radiations emerging from such a blast will spell mass extinction for Earth. So far scientists cannot predict when such an mass extinction event like this will occur. It can happen tomorrow without a warning. Maybe if the science will make greater steps in the next period of time we will be able to predict or prevent such apocalypses.

What can you do?

Staying away from radiation is your best option. The ozone layer, which protects us from Sun’s radiation, will be mostly burned. People will reinforce their homes and move to underground bunkers or other shelters. They will avoid as much as possible staying outside, and when they do they’ll use protection suits.

You should know that the cause of death by radiation is cancer. And a very malignant one like Louis Slotin developed. Louis accidentley received a lethal dose of radiation while working on Manhattan Project. He painfully died nine days later. Read the rest of this article click HERE