As 2015 comes to a close, we reflect on some of the close brushes we’ve had with death this year. Surprisingly, the year has been filled with incidents and predictions for the end of the world and destruction of Earth as we know it.
From earthquakes to supermoons, maybe the planet was in more danger than we thought!
Check out five times that people really thought the Earth might end in 2015.
The Blood Moon
The lunar eclipse in late September of 2015 was dubbed a “blood moon,’ because it was expected to turn a magnificent glowing red. The eclipse coincided with a supermoon—meaning the moon is at its closet point to the Earth—which caused some people to speculate that the night-time event might bring forth the apocalypse.
Huge Asteroid Expected to Destroy Earth in September Causes Widespread Panic
In September a 2.5-mile-wide asteroid had people fearing for their lives. Many claimed that sometime toward the end of September the huge asteroid would strike the Earth, ending all life on the planet. Since the Earth is still here and there was no major asteroid impact, it’s safe to say that those predictions never came true.
NASA Admits There’s an Asteroid Nearing Earth
In mid-October, NASA announced that a huge asteroid was hurtling for a close shave at Earth. Apparently the agency had been monitoring the massive space rock, measured to be approximately 1.6 miles wide, for years.
Two Asteroids Head Toward Earth on Halloween
Halloween this year was supposed to be extra spooky, because it was widely reported that two asteroids were headed toward Earth. Although NASA made it clear that the asteroids wouldn’t even come close enough to hit the Earth—or even be seen by the naked eye—many began to speculate with wild conspiracy theories that the space program
Massive Earthquake in California
Back in May, the man famous for predicting the Nepal earthquake said that California would be struck by a devastating 8.8 scale quake. Seismologists have always affirmed that there is no scientific way to calculate the exact time an earthquake will hit.
Despite this, earthquake enthusiast Frank Hoogerbeets went so far as to predict the precise time –4 p.m.—that the quake would shake the state. He claims to use “planetary alignments” as the basis for his predictions.