Thousands of people around the world who were afraid of the end of the world have left their fears behind and the predicted time of apocalypse have come and gone without incident.
The end of the Mayan calendar was predicted to mark the end of the world with the doomsayers who expect it to happen at 11.11 GMT. The date marks the end of an era that lasted over 5,000 years, or 13 “bak’tuns”, according to the ancient calendar.
To rescue from the upcoming apocalypse people had hidden at Mayan ruins, holy sites in southern Mexico, a sacred mountain in France, Stalin’s bunker in Moscow, and Bugarach in the French Pyrenees.
Luckily, dawn broke in Mexico and the morning passed peacefully in France, where journalists outnumbered those seeking salvation and a party atmosphere prevailed, The Telegraph reports.
At the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, thousands celebrated the event, dancing and frolicking around ceremonial fires and pyramids to mark the conclusion of a 5,125-year cycle in the famous calendar.
“The world was never going to end, this was an invention of the mass media,” said Yolotzin, who leads the Aztec ritual dance group Cuautli-balam. “It is going to be a good era. … We are going to be better.”
Ivan Gutierrez, a 37-year-old artist who lives in the nearby village, stood before the pyramid and blew a low, sonorous blast on a conch horn. “It has already arrived, we are already in it,” he said of the new era. “We are in a frequency of love, we are in a new vibration.”
However, those who had predicted apocalypse were nowhere to be seen. Instead, people showed up in T-shirts reading “The End of the World: I Was There.”
Nasa had tried several times to calm fears that doomsday was due, and even released a video dispelling the numerous rumours of impending apocalypse.
The agency also published a statement on its website, which read: “The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth.”
“This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 – hence the predicted doomsday date of Dec. 21, 2012,” NASA added.
Bill Leith, the U.S. Geological Survey’s senior science adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards, revealed Thursday, nothing extraordinary had happened with seismic activities, solar flares, volcanos or the Earth’s geomagnetic field.
“It’s a fairly unremarkable day on planet Earth today, and in the last few days,” Leith said. “There are no major eruptions going on.”
There had been about 120 small earthquakes and a moderate temblor in Japan, he said. “That’s very much a normal day.”
John Hoopes, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas, arrived at the Mayan ruins, to talk about how myths are created.
“You don’t have to go to the far corners of the earth to look for exotic things, you’ve got them right here,” he explained.
End-of-the-world fears, however, gave spread globally despite the insistence of archeologists and the Maya themselves that the date meant no such thing.