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#15 Tornadoes Across the Globe
A 2.5 mile wide tornado rammed through Hallam Nebraska in 2004. Could a similar twister be waiting to touch down? There is no telling exactly when and where the next super tornado will hit, but it is reasonable to assume that we will experience another disaster of this sort fairly soon.
The United States is not the only nation to face these killing machines. On April 26, 1989, 1300 people died in Bangladesh thanks to the enormous Daultipur-Salturia Tornado. Antarctica has been the only continent on earth to be immune from tornadoes. Scientists have systems of detecting tornadoes, but the last minute warnings can only do so much. And since there is no way to control this disastrous act of nature, we'll just have to cross our fingers and hope we don't have a repeat of 2004.
#14 The Next Ice Age
The next big ice age could leave humanity in the same situation as the dinosaurs. They're dead, in case you forgot. There is evidence that a global freeze has taken over the globe at least four times.
Jupiter and Saturn tug at Earth's orbit periodically, which reduces the amount of sunlight we can absorb. When it rains, it pours, or snows in this case. The ice that will form over the earth due to plummeting temperatures will reflect the little sunlight we'll be getting. And since fossil fuels will be exhausted in about 300 years, humanity will need a new game plan if we intend to stay warm.
Civilization will need to advance enough to grow food and create energy without the use of fossil fuels. Considering the amount of people complaining about energy efficient light bulbs, the odds of that happening don't look so good.
#13 Gamma-ray Bursts
During the collapse of a star, or supernova; one of the most powerful events in the universe occurs. Most often, GRBs don't come into contact with other heavenly bodies. But if the earth is unlucky enough to find itself in the path of a direct beam of Gamma-rays, mass extinction would certainly occur.
The radiation is bad enough on its own. But space has no mercy. Aside from drowning in a sea of toxic energy, the Gamma-ray burst would dissolve our atmosphere and leave us unprotected from the sun's harmful rays. They don't make enough SPF sunscreen for that.
#12 Soaring Sea Levels
A steady increase in the planet's temperature will result in melting huge glaciers. Sea levels will rise and result in dangerous flooding of coasts across the globe. And that's just with modest glacial melting.
If the West Antarctic Ice Sheet were to go down, the loss of coastal land would be tragic. The oceans of the world would rise to a staggering 32 feet. That's 10 feet taller than the average single story house. The next water world may be good news for future generations seeking the lost city of Atlanta. But it's definitely bad news for us.
#11 Yellow Stone Super Eruption
The molten pool of magma under the Yellow Stone Volcano is at least 50 percent larger than previously imaged. And about " 10 times larger, than any of the ones we've observed before.", says seismologist Michael Thorne.
A looming cloud of ash would cover much of North America if a a fourth supereruption were to occur. All of this ash would smother our crops, making the price of food skyrocket in the aftermath. On top of that, the thick pollution in the air would make it difficult to breathe. It would only be a matter of time until masses of people die from this disaster. "A lot of people would perish," according to the director of the U.K.'s Volcano Dynamics Group. This is sure to give new meaning to the saying: ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
#10 Giant Solar Flares
NASA predicts a massive 2013 solar flare will fire towards the globe. We all love the sun, but this flame thrower is waiting to hurl unprecedented levels of magnetic energy at us.
A major solar flare would drown the earth with high energy particles and radiation. The results of such an overexposure to cosmic energy would be lethal. Take a lesson from the bee, when you mess with magnetic energy, you’re asking for trouble. A giant solar flare could impact each of our individual brain activity. With additional natural disasters triggered, global power outages, and inevitable wide-spread panic, you may want to stock up on some 5 Hour Energy shots. This will be no time for a foggy head.
#9 Global Drought
Get on your knees and pray for rain. The drought that has had Texas by the horns since late 2010 could be contagious. The Great Lakes of the U.S. are also suffering. Disturbingly low water levels may very well lead to severe water shortages.
Even the most restricted use of water reservoirs will not prevent them from drying up. Increases in temperature only add fuel to the fire. The result of such parched conditions is not just the systematic demise of treasured lawns, crops are dying too. If this trend continues it could eventually lead to global feminine. Excuse us while we kiss the sky.
#8 Tsunami Terror
An enormous tsunami is just waiting to release a deluge. You don’t want to catch a wave like this. A major quake along the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone would send a wall of water pummeling its way along the Pacific Ocean.
It could obliterate major us cities on the west coast, including the island of Hawaii. Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and the California coast would be hit in a matter of hours by waves capable of traveling up to 500 mph." Geophysicist David Scholl says, “It concerns us a lot that we might have deadly waves aimed at U.S. shores…We've been focusing on tsunami risks since 2004, when the Banda-Aceh earthquake and tsunami led to a loss of about 250,000 lives.” Earthquakes are known to strike in this region about every 50 to 75 years. Surf’s up!
#7 Killer Volcano
A secret killer looms over the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. The U.S. Geological Survey calls Mount Rainier "potentially the most dangerous" mainland U.S. volcano. That’s a big problem if you’re one of the 3.2 people in its path.
Mount Rainier has the most glacial ice of all the 160 active volcanoes in the United States. Fire and ice don’t mix. When lava bursts through an icy surface, it creates a molten mudslide that’s happy to deliver a cocktail of hot gas and rocks to your door faster than lava alone. This is why it is one of the most intensely monitored volcanoes in the country. Unfortunately, technology can only give us a couple of months’ notice of an impending disaster. You may be a fan of the new Volcano Taco, but trust us; Mount Rainier is anything but awesome, even at 3am.
#6 San Francisco Gas Leak
San Francisco just can’t get a break. As if the fear of earthquakes wasn't enough, San Fran is also threatened with toxic gas leaks. The ocean floor may contain pockets of methane gas. It would take a fairly large earthquake to burst these bubble. But should one of these mounds of trapped methane gas rip one, it could potentially create an oceanic hole capable of sinking an oil-tanker.
Airplanes would experience a sudden drop in oxygen levels and could simply fall from the sky. Some have theorized that an eruption of this type could have been responsible for the mysterious disappearances of planes and ships in the Bermuda Triangle. Quick, somebody get the Beano!
#5 Extreme Heat Waves
The next 40 years are 100 times more likely to bring on extreme heat waves. 14,000 people died in France during the 2003 wave. Other parts of Europe also endured sweltering temperatures of 100 degrees for two weeks.
The huge lack of cooling systems left the average Euro Joe in a deadly dilemma. Soaring temperatures set forests ablaze, and melting glaciers flooded Switzerland. Last year was the hottest year on record. Thanks to climate change, we know for ourselves, it’s true, hell hath no fury like Mother Nature scorned.
#4 The Hayward Fault Zone
There’s a 30% chance that a massive earthquake will strike the coast of California within the next thirty years. This could be devastating to the bay area. Cities like Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, and San Jose might all share the same fate.
The Hayward Fault Zone is 74 miles long and runs down the western side of the San Francisco Bay hills. Though smaller than the famous San Andreas Fault, Hayward is situated among a good chunk of California’s population. The biggest quake on the Hayward Fault was a 7.0 magnitude shake-down in 1868. We may be overdue.
#3 When Asteroids Attack
A major city could easily dissolve under the weight of a massive sized asteroid such as the monster that flattened 770 square miles of forest in Siberia in the 1908.
Russia had another case of bad luck with another blast from the sky on February 15th of this year. The well documented phenomena are by no means unique. In our violent universe these huge rocks are abundant. They can also easily get sucked into Earth’s orbit, making for some really great balls of fire. Last year, an asteroid name DA14 threatened our planet with a potential 3.5 megaton blast. Let’s hope our luck continues.
#2 Disease Gone Viral
A Deadly Pandemic is inevitable. A simple flu virus wiped out 50 million people (across the planet!) in 1918. When it comes to violence, leave it to Mother Nature to do the dirty work.
As the years pass, viruses develop serious defense skills. This makes new and stronger diseases basically unavoidable. And we’re not talking about a case of the sniffles, either. These sneaky infections can pop up out of nowhere from common animals like wild birds and pigs, as in the case of a little disaster known as AIDS. So, if you’re hesitant about taking that last sick day off to lounge around, watching random videos of kids snorting condoms, we have one thing to say: YOLO. Because after the next big bug, you just might get all the sick days you could dream of.
#1 Buzz kill
Einstein said, "If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live." Cell phones may be to blame for a possible demise of honeybees.
These little creatures use the earth’s magnetic fields as a natural GPS. While the world is busy morphing into a planet of the apps, bees might be having a hard time finding their way around with the overwhelming amount of cell phone interference. Bees pollinate about a third of the food that we eat. So if these studs can’t consistently deflower our world’s plants, our food supply could be in serious danger. That’s a terrifying scenario to begin with, but particularly bad for those of us who enjoy our fair share of honey mustard sauce.