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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre yesterday dismissed the internet reports which said the world would end on December 21, 2012.

A spokesman from the Centre told the Daily Mirror that the USA based NASA had also denied the doomsday prediction. He therefore dismissed the reports of a total blackout on December 21.

The Daily Mirror learns that one fundamentalist Christian church had distributed VCDs on a documentary which said the world would end on December 21 this year. A young man who did not wish to be named said his wife had been given a CD by this church which she usually attends.

However referring to the solar flares or solar winds the spokesman from the Arthur C. Clarke Centre said one could predict such a thing only two or three days before.

The NASA dismissed the claims saying there was no credible evidence of such a happening. “The world will not end in 2012. Our planet had been getting along for more than 4 billion years and no credible scientist knows of such a threat,” a report from NASA said.

Also, NASA said there was no planetary alignment in the next few decades and even if such a thing occurs its effects on Earth would be negligible with no possibility of meteors hitting the earth.

However NASA said next solar maximum (solar flares) could occur in the 2012-2014 time frame but ruled out any effect on Earth as it was predicted to be an average solar cycle. These solar flares could cause some interruption of satellite communications.

Meanwhile the Centre dismissed the reports that said it had warned the Airforce to be on the alert on the unidentified flying objects that were reported to be seen in the Sri Lankan sky. (Yohan Perera)
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  • WWCP Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:11 AM

    amen!!!!

    Coconut Donkey Wednesday, 12 December 2012 03:03 AM

    We are destroying the earth as humans with our insatiable wants,whoever wants to know the REASON for the end of the world, just look in the mirror.

    Imtias Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:13 AM

    This news has nothing to do with Arthur C Clarke Center. Everything therein is what NASA said. Why can't DM publish the original news published by NASA. For that matter simply can NASA predict there won't be a huge EARTH TREMOR.

    Mara Yaka Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:15 AM

    I recall the story of the falling sky on the chick! Wake up people, Sri Lanka is in a ditch downt keep digging!!!

    Juba ! Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:20 AM

    Kudos to Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga

    Juba ! Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:22 AM

    It is not God, but, some blind followers who come up with these none sense !

    Jola Man Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:24 AM

    End of bad will be the end of the world for many boot-lickers...........

    ind Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:35 AM

    But the decision making of the god is not precise !

    Zulkifli Nazim Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:37 AM

    N A S A - Indeed. It Means
    Never A Straight Answer.

    robin Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:49 AM

    as per nasa near collision of Astroid to earth is on 2049.

    watch nage for updates on world end and mayan prediction

    Trevor Jayetileke Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:11 PM

    21st December 2012 may not be the end of the World but definitely the beginning of a New World.
    Its a World where we will care for one another and not just work for the love of money and fame but for the joy of working and the common good. It will a world for human ingenuity and bright ideas. Don't forget we now have seven billion people to feed and that means we have to look after the environment of our planet.
    It will be more like heaven on earth.

    Lord King Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:59 AM

    Does it mean on 21st we are all impeached ????????????

    lima Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:15 AM

    THE END OF WORLD IS JUDGED BY THE CREATOR ALMIGHTY GOD , HE IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOUR , ALQURAN SAYS

    Naveen Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:25 AM

    @Calistus Jayatilleke

    As usual always writing garbage...

    nanabst Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:26 AM

    you living in fools paradise, carry on dreaming till 31st night..

    Labby Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:35 AM

    "But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Mk 13:32

    Lord King Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:34 AM

    I can

    Jasri Ahamed Monday, 24 December 2012 04:34 PM

    Hi this is a good joke, according to the world important religion few more years to be pass to reach the shines of world end

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 12 December 2012 04:52 AM

    But, it is - as far as the Sri Lankans are concerned!

    V.I.S.Jayapalan poet Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:54 AM

    end of the world is better than living under military occupation

    Cynic Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:12 AM

    Oh dear! I have already busted up 90% of my savings.

    Rohan Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:21 AM

    What about a massive earthquake and resultant tsunami ? This cannot be predicted.

    lip Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:45 PM

    You mean world that created just 6000 years ago!!!!!!! .Hey lima we are talking about Earth

    Sue Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:28 AM

    Who cares about the world ending because for Sri Lankans, it is the end if not in 2012, very very soon.

    malkanthi Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:34 AM

    The end of the world signs are already here and the great tribulation is forthcoming, but this stupid church should read the bible and understand Matthew 24 which clearly speaks about the end times!!!

    Vik Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:37 PM

    Since they cannot be predicted, there's no way to predict that they'll occur on 21st.

    Cobra Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:30 AM

    Mang kiwwe!!!

    Labby Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:34 AM

    The unidentified flying objects must be those 'night riders' moving around the Fort area...

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:36 AM

    Why this couldn't have been done earlier. It was very clear all speculations were simply absurd.

    xlntgson Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:25 AM

    Not garbage, paid advertisement!

    xlntgson Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:29 AM

    God is a person?

    xlntgson Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:33 AM

    Quoting from scriptures will fill the pages!

    Guru Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:43 AM

    Only the last paragraph intrest me :S

    MMCP Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:43 AM

    Our individual world will end (death) one day. So, live as if we die one day.

    ANTON Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:15 AM

    MINISTERS HAVE ALREADY ORDERED ROCKETS TO MIGRATE TO OTHER PLANETS.

    Shaik Ahamath Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:18 AM

    The world will end one day, but not for another 5 billion years when the sun comes to its natural end. Long before that, human beings would have become extinct by our own folly or by some airborne contagious disease. We will have natural disasters such as earthquakes, tidal waves and others but they are all locally based specific to small areas. In any case predicting the end of the world is absolutely stupid because if you were right, you will not be there to say "I told you so".

    Krishni Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:48 AM

    EVEN IF THE WORLD IS ACTUALLY ENDING, WHETHER NASA OR OBAMA OR VATICAN DENY OR ACCEPT, NOTHING WE CAN DO.. JUST ENJOY LIFE !

    Haminda Pajarakshe Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:48 AM

    I am scared. I want live many many more years to develop and do many many more things.

    DHA Wednesday, 12 December 2012 06:07 AM

    ...truly no need to hit the panic button....if it out to end it will happen just accept what comes along....but then again with all the terrible things happening around I don't mind all bad people get wiped out ......

    Hafiz Wednesday, 12 December 2012 06:03 AM

    Thank you Arthur C. Clarke Centre for quashing this rumour spread by a bunch of jokers.

    Labby Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:41 AM

    malkanthi, I don't understand what you are blaming the church for... And if you are a believer of the Gospel then read Mark 13:32

    Sammy Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:45 AM

    Do not bother about the world ending. Let us sicnerely focus on making this a better world for all to live, with love, peace and freedom from pollution, corruption, bigotry etc.

    Paddy Suman Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:08 PM

    We won't be able to find any one who believed in end of the world euforia after 21.12.2012. When it didn't happen those who believed in it in the first place, will act like wise men as usual.

    kumar Wednesday, 12 December 2012 06:38 AM

    If God decides, no one can stop it...!

    boston Thursday, 13 December 2012 03:02 AM

    In any case (whether or not the world ends) I have busted my saving!!!!!!!!!

    MTM Wednesday, 12 December 2012 07:05 AM

    End-Of-The-World which was scheduled for Dec 2012 has been
    postponed to 3012 due to some "Technical Problems"..!!

    Please co-operate & CONTINUE life with good spirit!!!! ;)

    Ceylonese Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:34 PM

    NASA & Clarke only mention about any threat from the sky. But according to Mayan's prediction it is something related with water.

    MW Wednesday, 12 December 2012 07:40 AM

    lol ! This clearly shows where we are !

    balaji Thursday, 13 December 2012 03:32 AM

    wheater world ends or not live ur moment enjoy ur seconds rather fearing on dooms day what ever it depends upon oyr fate

    DMirror Fan Wednesday, 12 December 2012 07:42 AM

    Whole paragraph is futile. Even a lay man will tell the day is not the end of the earth. But the first time the center came out with a solid truth unlike typical Sri Lankan meteorological forecasts.

    imthiyas Wednesday, 12 December 2012 07:53 AM

    Thank you team for clarifying this issue since the rumor has speard everwhere in SL and most of the ppls are fear about the 21st, I consider as a Joke of the Jokers!!!


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