Astronomical and geophysical activities increase as “Mayan doomsday” prediction nears. Asteroid came nearer to Earth than the Moon, while mystery orb crashes. Geophysical actions proliferate throughout Chile, Iceland, and New Zealand.
According to the ancient Mayan and Hopi Native American calendars, the world is supposed to end on 21 December 2012. 'The Mayans did not just pick any date for doomsday. "The winter equinox of 2012 is supposed to be the date that the planets, including the Earth and the Sun, will align in a straight line. Such an alignment it is argued will interfere with satellites and navigation systems and cause geophysical actions such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions," according to Asia News Network.
A recently discovered asteroid gave Earth a close shave on 12 December 2012 as it came within the moon's orbit. The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was only spotted for the first time on 9 December, came within 140,000 miles of our planet. The moon orbits at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so from the Earth. Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120ft wide - big enough to cause substantial damage if it ever hit the planet Earth, according to the Daily Mail.
Terrified residents in western Sweden watched a bright, blue light racing across the night sky on 11 December before an orange-colored orb smashed into the ground in a mysterious phenomenon that has yet to be explained, according to the Local.
"A total of 1,500 earthquakes erupted in Iceland last month. According to data from the Icelandic Met Office, the most seismic activity, or a total of 750 earthquakes, occurred in Eyjafjörður, which was the location of the strongest earthquake, of a magnitude 3.8," according to the Iceland Review.
Anxieties rise as surge of tremors makes Chilean town a shaky place in world’s shakiest nation. One jolt hit in the middle of the night. Another caught fishermen at a nearby beach. Then the ground shook again. Later, more than 170 tremors were felt in Navidad in just a few weeks. The strongest struck during a funeral, and sent panicked mourners fleeing into the street, according to the Washington Post.
Scientists warned about unrest along New Zealand's North Island volcano belt. Recently, researchers at the government's Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) announced their discovery of a "spiny lava dome" that had grown in a crater on White Island, a volcanic island off the east of the North Island, following an eruption on 5 August. GNS raised the volcanic alert level to level two, indicating minor eruptive activity, and the aviation color code to orange, warning pilots that an eruption was underway with little or no ash emissions, according to the Global Times.