World is not ending on May 21 as rumored, says biologist and author Richard Dawkins
<>CNN video: Believers spread the "awesome news" in the US that Judgment Day is on May 21. <> <>(SPOT.ph) Contrary to rumors that have been circulating in the US through radio broadcasts, online forums and advertisements for months, the world will not end on May 21, according to evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins, reports The Washington Post. "Science knows approximately how, and when, our Earth will end. In about five billion years the sun will run out of hydrogen, which will upset its self-regulating equilibrium; in its death-throes it will swell, and this planet will vaporize."
Dawkins added, "Before that, we can expect, at unpredictable intervals measured in tens of millions of years, bombardment by dangerously large meteors or comets. Any one of these impacts could be catastrophic enough to destroy all life, as the one that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago nearly did."
Earlier, a Christian radio network calculated that the world will end on May 21, 2012, reports TIME.com. It predicted that great earthquakes will occur at 6 p.m. on May 21 and will continue for five months.
Christian ministry Family Radio Worldwide’s leader Harold Camping, 89, said two Bible passages support his claim. He said the book of Peter implies that the end of the world will take place 7,000 years after the Great Flood, which supposedly occurred on the "17th day of the second month," Camping cited the book of Genesis. May 21 is the corresponding date according to the Jewish calendar, reports TIME.com.
The Huffington Post reports that billboards, bus stop benches, traveling caravans and online websites have been used to spread the word for months now.
TIME.com reports that Camping previously predicted that the apocalypse will take place in September 1994. When his claim was proven false, he took back his forecast and said "important subsequent Biblical information was not yet known."
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