The End Of America?: 13 Catastrophic Events Which Could Soon Lead To An American Apocalypse

Apocalyptic - Public DomainIs the strongest and most powerful nation on the planet headed for an apocalypse which will bring it to its knees?  We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and apocalyptic themes have become very common in books, movies, television shows and video games.  It is almost as if there is an unconscious understanding on a societal level that something very big and very bad is coming, even if the vast majority of the population cannot specifically identify what that is going to be.  Last week, the Global Challenges Foundation released a new report entitled “Global Catastrophic Risks 2016” in which they discussed various apocalyptic events that they believe could wipe out more than 10 percent of the population of our planet, and they warned that these types of events “are more likely than we intuitively think”

Sebastian Farquhar, director at the Global Priorities Project, told the Press Association: “There are some things that are on the horizon, things that probably won’t happen in any one year but could happen, which could completely reshape our world and do so in a really devastating and disastrous way.

“History teaches us that many of these things are more likely than we intuitively think. Many of these risks are changing and growing as technologies change and grow and reshape our world. But there are also things we can do about the risks.”

According to this new report, we are five times more likely to die from the various apocalyptic catastrophes that they analyzed than we are from a car accident.

In this article, I want to discuss some of the most important threats that they analyzed, in addition to adding some of my own to the list.  But first I want to mention that I do not believe that the Global Challenges Foundation is correct to identify climate change as one of the most significant catastrophic threats that humanity is facing.  Our climate has always been changing, and I do believe that we will see wild climate shifts in the years ahead.  However, human activity plays an exceedingly small role in all of this, and there is not very much that we can do to prevent what is going to happen either.  Most of the climate change that we are going to see in our future is going to be as a result of other catastrophes in this list, so I have not included it as a separate item.

With that being said, let’s quickly examine some of the potential threats identified by the Global Challenges Foundation…


In various locations around the globe, there are gigantic supervolcanoes which could dramatically change the course of human history in a single moment by erupting.  In the United States, the Yellowstone supervolcano is becoming increasingly active, and a full-blown eruption could potentially be up to 2,000 times more powerful than the eruption of Mount St. Helens back in 1980.  As I mentioned the other day, major metropolitan areas such as Salt Lake City and Denver would be essentially destroyed, food production in this country would be virtually wiped out, and a “volcanic winter” would cool global temperatures by up to 20 degrees for up to several years.

Asteroids And Comets

This is something that the Obama administration is actually quite concerned about.  During his tenure, NASA has established a “Planetary Defense Coordination Office” that is in charge of tracking giant space rocks, and NASA is working to develop a method to destroy incoming asteroids using nuclear weapons.

Scientists admit that they only know about a small fraction of the near-Earth objects that are actually out there, and we get hit “by surprise” all the time.  If we were to get hit at just the right place by a very large object, like say just off the east coast of the United States, the consequences would almost be too horrible for words.

Today, 39 percent of all Americans live in counties that directly border a shoreline, and most of those people are along the east coast.  According to the University of California at Santa Cruz website, if a huge asteroid did slam into the Atlantic Ocean, it could potentially produce a 400 foot high tsunami that would sweep inland for many, many miles and kill millions upon millions of Americans in the process.

Natural Pandemics

The flu pandemic of 1918 killed approximately 50,000,000 people worldwide, and scientists assure us that it will happen again one day.

Yes, we have come a long way in fighting disease, but as we learned during the recent Ebola outbreak, a really nasty virus can grip the entire world with fear in a very short period of time.

Engineered Pandemics

This is probably even a bigger threat than natural pandemics, because now we have the technology to genetically alter naturally occurring diseases and make them even stronger.

Whether it is on purpose or by accident, it is only a matter of time before a genetically-modified superbug gets released into the general population, and when that day arrives it may make all previous pandemics look like a Sunday picnic.

Artificial Intelligence

Could someday entities that we have created turn on us and start killing us?

Some might refer to this as “the Terminator scenario”, and it is becoming more realistic with each passing day as our technological capabilities continue to increase at an exponential rate.


The human race now has the capability to purposely modify the weather, and this means that we also have the capability to do a tremendous amount of damage.

Have you ever looked up and noticed long white trails criss-crossing the sky?  This is being done on purpose, and when they spray chemicals into our atmosphere it could have some very severe long-term consequences that the authorities may not be anticipating.

Nuclear War

Back during the Cold War, most Americans would have probably named this as the number one catastrophic threat facing America, but these days most people tend to believe that “the Cold War” is over.

So nobody has really objected while the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal has been reduced by about 95 percent, and Barack Obama insists that he would like to reduce it even further.

Meanwhile, both the Russians and the Chinese are rapidly modernizing their nuclear forces, and they both have developed hypersonic glide vehicles that can defeat any missile defense system that the U.S. can put up.

Our relationship with Russia has already gone down the tubes, and our relationship with China is rapidly deteriorating.  In fact, China just rejected a request for the USS John C. Stennis to make a routine port call at Hong Kong.  Most Americans assume that a war with either one of them is impossible, but the truth is that we may find ourselves in a conflict with both of them at the same time eventually.

The catastrophic threats above were ones that were mentioned in the report from the Global Challenges Foundation.  Below are some additional items that I would like to add to the list…

Islamic Terror

It isn’t just ISIS that we need to be concerned about.  Islamic terror is exploding all over the planet, and according to Wikipedia there have already been 95 such attacks globally so far in 2016.

Up until now, they have been killing us with guns and bombs, but what happens when they inevitably get their hands on chemical, biological or nuclear weapons?

Terror attacks using weapons of mass destruction could literally turn our society completely upside down virtually overnight, and it is only a matter of time until this starts happening.

Power Grid Failure

Someday you may wake up and discover that the power grid has totally failed.  Just try to imagine a world without any lights, cell phones, computers, televisions, ATMs, heating and cooling systems, credit card readers, gas pumps, cash registers, refrigerators or hospital equipment.  A massive electromagnetic pulse, either from the sun or as the result of a nuclear blast, could instantly plunge society back into the 1800s.

The EMP Commission spent years studying this, and they told Congress back in 20o8 that up to 90 percent of the U.S. population could be dead within one year of such an event due to starvation, disease and the breakdown of society.  So this is a threat that people better start taking seriously.


World War III will not be fought like previous wars, and the Internet is one area where we are particularly vulnerable.  The Chinese, the Russians and the North Koreans have all been working very hard to develop their cyberwarfare capabilities, and I was recently told by someone that has deep connections inside the U.S. intelligence community that our power grid could be taken down with just the push of a button.  That is how easy it would be.

With each passing year, we are all becoming more and more dependent on the Internet.  So what would our lives be like if it was suddenly gone?

That is something to think about.

Economic Collapse

If you want to watch society melt down right in front of your eyes, just take away all of the goodies.  On The Economic Collapse Blog I have written more than a million words about the coming economic problems in this country.  We got a very small taste of what is approaching in 2008 and 2009, and yet most people do not seem to have taken that warning seriously.  Since that time, our long-term economic and financial problems have grown far more dire, and now the early chapters of a new economic crisis are unfolding right in front of our eyes, and yet still most people don’t seem to be alarmed.

If you want to see how devastating an economic collapse can be on a nation, just pick up a history book and start reading about the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Unfortunately, what we are heading for is going to be a whole lot worse than that.

Civil Unrest & Martial Law

As the economy collapses and other things on this list start happening, people are going to be absolutely freaking out.  A whole host of polls and surveys have shown that anger and frustration have been building up to unprecedented levels in this country, and at some point there is going to be a huge explosion.

Desperate people do desperate things, and we got small previews of what is coming in Ferguson and in Baltimore.  Violent crime rates are already rising in our major cities, and many among the elite are getting out while the getting is good.  In fact, 3,000 millionaires left the city of Chicago last year alone.

Of course whenever civil unrest erupts, the government responds by trying to regain control, and eventually things are going to get so bad in this nation that we will start to see martial law imposed in various areas.  We saw a little bit of this in Ferguson and in Baltimore, but that was nothing compared to what we will eventually experience.

Catastrophic Earthquakes

A historic earthquake along the New Madrid fault seismic zone, the Cascadia Subduction zone or any of the major faults in California could affect millions of lives, cause hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, and literally change the geography of our continent.

Personally, I believe that those of us that are fortunate enough to live long enough will witness historic earthquakes in all of those areas, and scientists assure us that all three zones are way overdue for major seismic events.

Even if just one of the catastrophic events that I have discussed above were to take place, it would completely change society.

Unfortunately, I believe that we are entering an era of history in which a “perfect storm” that consists of a confluence of these catastrophic events will shake this nation to the core.

So what do you think?

Do you agree or disagree?

Please feel free to add your voice to the discussion by posting a comment below…

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  • JosephConrad


  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “There must be an invisible point of union between the two, and I must locate my consciousness at that in- visible centre of equilibrium between my refracted and my reflected self, the point which is neither celestial nor terrestrial, but where the two are One.
    The question of how to emancipate my consciousness from its inverted reflection and to locate it at its true and invisible centre, is the most momentous in the universe. It involves the meaning and object of existence. It is the problem of all times, that of the perfectibility and immortality of the soul. Of the soul, for this earthly consciousness is but the inverted reflection of my true consciousness, which is the same thing as soul.”

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “If, when standing beside a body of water, I chance to see the form of a cloud mirrored in golden and rosy tints upon its surface, I am not deceived by the picture. Beautiful as it is, I know that it is but a reflection of a cloud in the sky, far above my head, which I do not see as long as my attention is directed to the cloud upon the water. I know that, although I thus distinguish between the cloud upon the water and the cloud in the sky, I cannot separate the one from the other. I cannot detach the cloud upon the water from the one in the sky, and still have my picture upon the water after the picture in the sky has drifted away beyond the horizon.
    Still further, I know that as my cloud upon the water depends upon the cloud in the sky, so they both depend upon the light from the sun, and that while my picture upon the water is simply a reflection produced by the action of rays of light and the reaction of the surface of the water, so the picture in the sky is a refraction produced by the action of rays of light and a reaction of vapor in the atmosphere. My cloud celestial, and my cloud terrestrial, are each resulting from an action and a reaction.”

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “Looking again upon the water I behold my face reflected upon its surface, and then call to mind the fact that my own face I have never seen; its reflected image is all that I ever have seen, or can see. Now the reflected face upon the water is certainly only a image produced by the action of rays of light and the reaction of the surface of the water, and if, what I have hitherto considered my real face is only a image produced by an action and a reaction, the fact that it has never occurred to me proves nothing against its truth.
    Turning my attention to my body, I conclude that if my face is an image my whole body is image, produced by an invisible action and reaction. If, then, this terrestrial body or body is like an
    inverted reflect of my celestial image, the fact that I have never consciously recognized my celestial image proves nothing against its existence, for while my attention was directed exclusively to my image floating upon the water, I became for the time being entirely oblivious of the cloud above my head which I could not see.
    But if this terrestrial image is only an inverted reflect of a true and celestial image, then I am possessor of an heritage hitherto unknown; for they cannot be separated, they are real(ray) or polar opposites which mutually imply each other, which are utterly meaningless and impossible apart. Now if my consciousness has been located, hitherto, solely within the reflected image of my true self, then I am a slave bound clown, by my own ignorance, to chains of sense and suffering. But with this recognition of my serfdom I also see clearly the way of escape.”

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “A great deal of wickedness of the world to-day, has been caused by false teachings or rather, ignorant teaching. Man may have intellect and yet be without understanding.”

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “He has learnt that Matter is Illusion, and that Spirit alone is Real and that the Great Work is the redemption of Spirit from Matter.”

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    “I think, therefore I exist. And I exist, because Infinite Mind Thinks. And I have no existence apart from Infinite Mind.”

    “I and the Father are One.”

    • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

      “For the true ray refracted from above, men mistake and substitute the false ray reflected from below, foul with the taint of earth, and savouring of the limitations of the lower nature, and, like the image in the glass, exactly reversing the truth. Wherever we find a systematic depreciation of life, advocacy of bloodshed, and materialisation of things spiritual, there, we may be confident, does evil influence prevail.”

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    Revelation 22:13
    I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
    “The warrior stands forth in the strength of his God- given heritage, scorning the shadow symbols, determined to know only the real; he foregoes all the sensuous and seeming and becomes the true celibate. He sees
    that one of the factors in the attainment of his celestial heritage is the union with his polar opposite. The immortality of his soul is an utter unthinkability without this At-one-ment. He can never come into possession of his Kingdom until he places a Queen upon the Throne by his side. He cannot be knighted until he has found and won his lady. Thus is he justified in putting aside earthly ties, only in order to realize the celestial union which follows obedience to the LOVE which BINDS together polar OPPOSITES.”
    “As the warrior rises to a higher plane, and regards the present condition of humanity in a larger sense, he only sees them with pitying and tender eyes, as infants learning to walk, tottering, and in constant danger of losing their balance.”

    • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

      “Abomination of Desolation — or that maketh desolate — is that system of thought which, putting Matter(illusion/reflection) in the chief place, and making it the Source, Subtance, and Object of Existence, abolishes God(cause/refraction) out of the Universe and the Soul out of Man, and thus, depriving Existence of its Light and Life, makes it empty, desolate, and barren, a very abomination of desolation.”

      • DonNeedNoStinkinUserName

        Wow . . . . well I believe this is a first for me . . . commenter replying to their own comment . . . . . only thing missing – they didn’t down vote themselves . . . . . . but the night is yet young !!

        • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

          thank you

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl

    Revelation 1:3
    Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

  • Jim G

    A lot of people trying to upend alternative media. You might have to start policing and deleting troll comments. Their intent is to wreck this site.

    Of the above, nuclear war seems inevitable. Some, including the pope, observe that the third world war has already started, and as all parties or their surrogates have used “tactical” (battlefield) nukes, the war is already nuclear. As US is pressing on all fronts (Europe / NATO, Syria, Korea and South Pacific), further escalation is likely. Nukes exploded above atmosphere takes out the grid. This is all because economic collapse has already occurred – TAXPAYERS have already put in $200 billion to pay Freddy and Fanny Mae bonds so that there is no default which would kick in derivatives. These are corporations – so the public is now paying for private corporate losses. With trillions of derivatives out there, the country is probably bankrupt. When the reset comes, and all the money disappears, there will be riots. That is, these occurrences are all linked, and are already occurring.

    We might have “earth changes,” but we can’t do much about these or “sunspots” causing the grid to go down. WHAT WE NEED IS A PEACE MOVEMENT!!!

    Come on, everyone! “Peace Now.”

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  • Harold Smith

    If “America” is the subject of a nuclear attack by Russia and/or China, it will not be merely because of opportunism resulting from a disproportionate numerical reduction in the U.S. nuclear arsenal (as you seem to imply), but because “America” is simply begging for it.
    Moreover, just like the threat of nuclear war, the threats of “Islamic terror” and “civil unrest & martial law” are all a result of U.S. government evil (and the mass moral incompetence of the benighted citizenry of “America” that made it possible).