Worried About The Apocalypse? Here's What You Need To Know To Survive These 14 Likely Scenarios

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Vote up the apocalyptic scenarios you kind of want to experience to see if you could hack it.

To prepare for the oncoming apocalypse, it's important to know all the doomsday disasters that may come to pass. General survival tips can apply to several situations, but really breaking down the possible scenarios will help you feel more confident when the end is upon us. 

For example, a zombie apocalypse might require you to stock up on weaponry, while melting polar ice caps and tidal waves from climate change would necessitate you find a car that can escape the coast. And indeed, apocalypse survival tactics will differ based on where you are and who you are. You're going to want to be prepared.


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    Climate Change Reaches Critical Levels

    What Will Happen:

    According to scientists, intense climate change can cause islands to disappear under rising seas. Animals would lose habitats, and the polar ice caps would melt. Crops may fail due to the changes in weather patterns, and humans may die due to the increased temperature.

    How To Survive:

    According to a study by the University of Notre Dame in 2014, there are some places that are likely to withstand the shifts in temperature, rising water levels, and other problems associated with climate change. Luckily, the United States is one of the top ten countries expected to survive. Also on the list are Norway, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. If you don't live in one of the top ten countries, move now.

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    Major Earthquake

    What Will Happen:

    In 2015, the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast estimated there was a 93% chance California would get hit with an earthquake measuring at 7 or higher on the Richter scale by 2045. Roads could collapse; buildings could crumble; electricity could be unavailable; and other disasters like fires, mudslides, and avalanches might have increased chances of occurring.

    How To Survive:

    Have an expert verify the structural soundness of your home well before an earthquake is expected to hit. Create an earthquake kit that includes medication, food, water, personal hygiene products, extra clothes, medical items, documents, and other items required for survival. 

    Making friends with neighbors and creating a plan for family members after the earthquake is also a good idea, as there would be lots of damage to property. Emergency services probably won't be able to intervene for extended periods of time. 

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    Mega Computer Virus Shuts The Internet Down

    What Will Happen:

    Hackers would release a virus intended to destroy the internet infrastructure of one or more countries. The connections between servers that make up the web would be destroyed, leaving digital data stuck in an unreachable place.

    How To Survive:

    Back up data on local drives, and continue to use safety protocols. The internet is made up of so many people and servers that it is almost impossible to completely shut it down for any prolonged amount of time. Also look into the darknet. It's built on loopholes and hidden sites that cannot be found with normal internet search engines or tools.

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    Volcanic Eruption

    What Will Happen:

    One of three volcanoes in North America could erupt, spewing 450 cubic kilometers of magma in a 100-kilometer radius around the volcano. The ash from the eruption would cover a much larger swath of land, collapsing houses, contaminating the air, and ruining farmland and water supplies.

    How To Survive:

    The warning system for supervolcanic eruptions isn't exactly sound, so living more than 100 kilometers from any volcanoes is the best way to ensure survival. Since ash from the eruption can contaminate soil, air, and water, it's best to keep a supply of clean water, canned foods, and respirators handy. Cultivating a garden of your own would offset the loss of farmland covered in thick layers of ash.