American President Joe Biden approved a state of emergency after a massive storm that was currently sweeping across South America killed nearly 50 people and left millions without electricity. Yesterday, nearly 12 million Texas residents were told to boil tap water before using it in treatment facilities after power outages. The state’s energy grid has been overwhelmed by a surge in demand as people seek to keep warm after some areas plummeted to temperatures as low as -18 ° C.
One online user claimed “it could be the end of the world,” another added, “Snow in Texas must mean the end of the world is near,” and a third believed, “it is literally the end of the world “.
But others turned to the doomsday preppers who have been preparing for this exact moment for years.
One tweet read, “Doomsday preppers in Texas are likely to say,” I just told you “.”
Another added, “Texas Doomsday Preppers are so complacent right now.”
And another said, “I’m slowly starting to become one of those doomsday preppers.”
Obsessed with the end of civilization, this community was the focus of a National Geographic TV show that ran from 2011 to 2014.
The first episode of the program introduced viewers to Paul Range and Gloria Haswell, who for 15 years kept enough food for 22 people, as well as numerous weapons, bullets and vehicles to wage a small war.
The couple occupied nine steel containers arranged in a castle formation outside of Floresville, Texas.
They refused to rely on the power grid – instead they used a system of windmills and solar panels to power the connection and used human body waste to produce methane for cooking.
The fear of nuclear weapons annihilation during the Cold War piqued interest in preparing for the end of the world decades ago, but now the rapid exchange of ideas on the internet is the main factor behind its spread.
Lorenzo DiTommasso, chairman and associate professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal, previously told LiveScience: “We are at a peak and have been for 40 years.
“There is no more important explanation for the existence of apocalyptic thinking in today’s world than the development of the Internet.
“You can learn anything you want by turning the magnetic poles on the Internet.
“And you can find out related information that would lead you to believe the poles are going to tip too, for example due to the presence of a previously unknown planet in the solar system.”
Mr. Range and Ms. Haswell believed that magnetic pole reversal would cause a sudden shift in the continents, causing tremendous earthquakes and rapid climate change.
They believed that this would place them in an apocalyptic situation with no electricity, food or a safe place to live.
Her research was enough to convince her to completely change her life, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that the possibility of magnetic pole reversal in her life is nigh on impossible.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that U.S. residents keep three days worth of groceries in the event of a natural disaster like the one they are currently facing.
Deaths attributed to the storm this week were recorded in Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Missouri.
The National Weather Service (NWS) now believes the worst storm has hit Texas.
Historically low temperatures are expected to last for days, with more than 71 percent of the US covered in snow, according to NWS.
The icy storm has even reached northern and central parts of Mexico, where millions of people have experienced days of intermittent power outages.