With the fresh nuclear threat posed to the world in the form of a nuclear war between North Kore, Russia, and the United States, scientists have dug out the doomsday clock in style and the predictions of the end of the world have begun.
For those who do not know, let’s answer a quick question to even out the knowledge curve.
What Is The Doomsday Clock and How Is It Connected To The End Of The World?
The doomsday clock is a special clock world watchers kept to determine the end of the world in relation to the closeness of nuclear war.
In the day when the Soviet Union (the USSR), China, and the United States were stockpiling arsenals of nuclear weapons, the hands of the doomsday clock were never far formed midnight. That point of midnight was supposed to be when those nuclear weapons were launched. Because a powerful nuclear warhead had the ability to wipe out whole cities and nations, with a fallout that could travel several times around the world, that point of midnight was seen as the end of the world.
Fortunately, the end of the world never came but the end of the USSR did, as did the end of socialism in China. The nuclear arsenals of all three superpowers were dismantled and the world breathed a heavy sigh of relief.
On December 25, 1991, the dreaded Soviet hammer and sickle flag was lowered for the last time over the Kremlin, thereafter replaced by the new Russian tricolor. The end of a long eara of fear and terror had finally come!
Unfortunately, that sigh of relief seems shortlived as the new Russian state has pursued a nuclear program that has seen it launch several test missiles in recent years, last of which was ‘Satan II’ a nuclear missile capable of wiping our Britain, France or the Texas which is as large as both nations put together.
The Republic of North Korea has not be left behind in the Nuclear race. It too has launched several missiles that clearly show its threat against South Korea and the Japan. This threat has led to the United States sending battleships, including two aircraft carries, into North Korean territorial waters.
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Perhaps Russia’s recent nuclear tests have been a show of support for North Korea against the United States, we do not know for sure. But what we do know is that Nuclear war is just a few steps away unless all three nuclear powers can come to some form of agreement.
In view of this, some British and American scientists have taken a look at what might happen to the world in the event of nuclear war. They liken what will happen to the Earth and humanity as what happened to the earth and the Dinosaurs hundreds of millions of years ago.
The Dinosaurs species which ruled over the Earth for hundreds of millions of years all died in fire and brimstone after a very massive asteroid hit the Earth and the effects of that collision laid complete waste to the planet for years afterward. The massive impact produced billions of tonnes of soot that plunged the entire world into darkness for more than two years and induced DNA-damaging levels of nuclear radiation.
In a bid to discover what happened to the world after almost all life was wiped out, scientists have recreated the extinction using powerful computer simulations to discover. The study of what is known as the K-Pg extinction, which happened 66 million years ago, also raises the question of what could happen to Earth if nuclear war breaks out.
Lead scientist Dr Charles Bardeen, from the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research, said: ‘The extinction of many of the large animals on land could have been caused by the immediate aftermath of the impact, but animals that lived in the oceans or those that could burrow underground or slip underwater temporarily could have survived. The Earth’s atmosphere was changed for years by the soot produced in the extinction (Picture: Getty) ‘Our study picks up the story after the initial effects – after the earthquakes and the tsunamis and the broiling.
We wanted to look at the long-term consequences of the amount of soot we think was created and what those consequences might have meant for the animals that were left.’ Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcano eruptions were triggered across the globe when the 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) long meteorite landed in the sea off Mexico. It also led to flaming rock particles raining down on Earth, setting anything alight that it could and killing most animal life immediately. The tiny amount of plants and small animals that survived the initial disaster than had to deal with the soot – which blocked out the sun completely every day for about 18 months.
It caused average temperatures to drop by 28C on land and 20C in the oceans while depriving surviving plants of photosynthesis. And for another year after the end of constant darkness, high levels of damaging ultraviolet radiation covered the surface due to damage caused to the ozone layer.
The doomsday clock is back for sure and the end of the world may just bee too.