The National Geographic Channel has prepared the following Doomsday facts:
According to FEMA, citizens of the United States should be prepared with emergency rations and a full tank of gas in the case of a major event.
Since the 19th century, the earth’s magnetic field is 10% weaker.
On an average, the United States use of oil amounts to 19,148.000 barrels each day.
727 million barrels of crude oil is housed by the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This is the largest government owned stockpile, and while this may seem like a tremendous supply, if the United States supply of foreign oil were to be cut off, this reserve would supply the nation for less than 38 days.
If the current trends continue, a study performed by UC Davis claims that we will run out of oil 100 years before developing an alternative energy source.
9 million barrels of oil each day is produced by Saudi Arabia. This is the most oil that is produced in the world.
According to the Oil Depletion Analysis Center as much as a trillion barrels of crude oil has been used by humans since drilling began in the mid-19th Century.
Each year over 12K earthquake of varying destructive levels are recorded.
During the 16th Century, the world’s most devastating earthquake occurred in Central China, which may have tipped the 8.0 on the Richter Scale. Over 800,000 lives were lost.
Each year over 500K detectable Earthquakes are experienced. Of these 100,000 can be felt and 100 actually cause damage.
A 9.1 Earthquake was experienced in Sumatra on December 26, 2004. The earthquake was so powerful that the rotation of the Earth’s axis was changed by 7 centimeters and the day shortened by 6.8 microseconds.
In 1831, James Ross, located the magnetic north pole. His trip lasted four years. Roald Amundsen ventured out in 1904 on his own trip to discover that the magnetic north pole had moved 50KM since Ross had first discovered it.
Gasoline jumped from $1.56 to 3.37 per gallon in 2001.
In 132 AD, Chang Heng invented the first seismoscope. The instrument is used to measure movements of the Earth’s crust.
One of the world’s largest super volcanoes (super volcano implies an eruption of magnitude 8 on the Volcano Explosively Index) is located in Yellowstone Park and last erupted 640K years ago. Its crater is large enough to hold Tokyo, the biggest city in the world with a population of 18 million persons.
The US financial crisis has been compared to the famine in the USSR that spanned 1932 – 1933.
Boris Borisoy, a researcher and author of an article titled “The American Famine” estimates that US financial crisis victims will reach over seven million people.
True polar wander will take millions of years to complete before the Earth’s rotational axis changes.
A MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat) meal is not only healthier for humans; the cost is comparable to that of a drive-through meal at McDonalds.
MRE cases are now constructed with TTI which is a time and temperature indicator to help assist whether the meals are still good.
As of 1968 ammunition dealers and manufacturers must be licensed and keep records of all transactions. This is enforced by the Federal Gun Control Act. Mail order transactions have also been prohibited by the act.
The March Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster is said to have leaked much more radiation than the Japanese government has claimed.
According to FEMA during evacuation you are going a set direction to get out of the risk of the disaster or potential disaster- north, south, east or west. Choose a destination for each direction.
According to researchers, it is estimated that a million deaths would be prevented if everyone routinely washed their hands.
The Y2K term was invented in 1995 by David Eddies. Many feared it when Clinton signed the Y2K Act that would limit the government’s liability in 1999.
There are 8.48 million miles or roadways in the United States.
Travel times are delayed by .8 hours due to congestion on the United States Highways.
5.5 trillion miles were travelled by Americans in 2008.
Computer-controlled locks in prisons can be unlocked by the computer virus stuxnet.
More Americans’ lives were lost to the Spanish flu than in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam combined.
Nearly 36K Americans die from annual flu viruses, another 200K are hospitalized, and 20% are infected.
Annually, about 20K children under five years of age are hospitalized due to flu related complications.
In the United States, flash floods are the leading cause of weather related deaths at the rate of nearly 200 a year.
In 1978 to 2011 Florida State had nearly 1.5 billion dollars in flood damage.
Among participants in a 2012 study, 17% believe that the world will face a major catastrophe within a 12 month timeframe. Another 2012 study revealed that over half of the participants believe that it is essential to be prepared for a potential disaster.
100 grams of crickets equals 6.7 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, and 562 calories.