Transcript for Countdown to 2012: Apocalypse Soon?
It is the stuff of scripture disaster films and -- catchy REM -- the end of the world as we know it. While there have been plenty of crack -- predictions over the years -- still say that doomsday will come exactly one year. From tonight winter solstice. 2012. What seems to call for a command performance for our search. Of the apocalypse we're told but ABC's David Wright. What if and ancient civilization could predict the future. -- -- May not just be the stuff of movies like 2012. Some. Number of people actually believe that one year from tonight. Although. Mark your calendars. I believe the Mayan calendar was based on some incredibly good astronomy they were really good at knowing. Win. They weren't so good at saying what's gonna happen. Author Lawrence -- believes -- day will come from solar flares. Bursts of radiation from the sun that he says will peak at the end of 2012 penetrating the Earth's magnetic field. And scorching the electrical grid. 112 or sometime soon our electrical power grid is going to be assaulted by -- -- blast that could. Knock it. And our solution to its knees he and other 22 overs looked to the ancient Mayan calendar according to which time began on or about. August 11 3014. BC. And -- and on the winter solstice 2012 December 21 to 2012 is the last day of this calendar called the long count. And this long count -- was invented about 2100 years ago in southern Mexico so in search of answers southern Mexico is where we -- Deep in the Central American rain forest -- searched for clues amid the ruins of the ancient mines in this city blanket. This is where we believe that my -- sacrifice their captives that they took him back. Archive archaeologist Christopher Powell who helped with some of the most important excavations -- this civilization. It mysteriously vanished more than a thousand years ago. I considered a great mystery and one that that I'm willing to see out it was an open mind. The Rosetta Stone for twenty drovers there's something called the tortured -- monument number six collection of hieroglyphics on -- in the 1960s. Please scattered four corners of the earth. Go -- -- from Texas translated texts and set off a firestorm. Texas and then. And then the first business. -- -- That missing bird has opened -- pandora's box of new age prophecy. In the ancient city of -- -- we -- star Johnson moser who believes her crystal skulls feed her information. About the coming events of 2012 -- -- For star of the new age is truly about to Begin. Do you think that the world as -- He's gonna come to an -- perhaps that eight -- a grade alignment a great opportunity. Made perhaps -- great -- And consciousness. Others are taking no chances. Florida developer Larry hole showed us his plans for a decommissioned missile silo he recently brought out in Kansas. A fifteen story luxury bunker built to house fifty people indefinitely. How does this really Detroit -- -- -- 2012 has a lot of people concerned they'd rather have a plan B. And this plan being. Beats everyone else's plan they'd be NC Noah's -- for the paranoid man who has everything. Each Condo will be stocked with enough food to last four years this is for many years -- here. The complex will also be outfitted with -- public agriculture and treated water there's even a fitness room and an indoor infinity pool. So how much as the -- undergo. There's two configurations as a full -- unit which is a 1750000. And there's a half -- there's 900000 Pennsylvania. Yes three. All of them cash up for a tough to justify a thirty year mortgage. When your betting the bank that the world -- and one person who won't be getting out his checkbook. Is Christopher -- I'm not worried. And I don't think we should be worried there's no real reason there's no real prophecy that says that it -- think that this is going to be the end of the world not from the Mayan ruins anyways. So what is your gut tell you. This can happen -- 22. The sun's gonna rise and it's going to fall. And a lot of people are going to be watching it. I'm David Wright for Nightline in -- -- game Mexico.
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