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When humanity was inches from destruction

These are the major instances of humanity pushing towards the brink of disaster.

Almost Doomsday

Super Ice Age

70,000 years ago, after a supervolcano eruption in Sumatra, a volcanic winter plunged the world into an Ice Age — dropping the average temperature by 20 degrees in some places. After an initial drop to likely 40 breeding pairs of homo sapiens, the population only rose to a few thousand according to Oxford University. Thousands of years later, in the early Stone Age, temperatures stabilized, and mankind recovered.

The Black Death

From 1347 to 1351, the Bubonic Plague was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It was carried across Europe from Central Asia by diseased fleas that lived on stowaway rats on merchant caravans. The bacterial plague was estimated to have killed over 125 million people, or 60% of Europe’s population based on data from TIME magazine. It would take 200 years for the global population to truly recover.

Hydrogen bombs

In 1952, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb — 500 times the yield of the atomic bomb used during WWII. The Soviet Union followed suit the next year. The Doomsday Clock moved to 11:58 PM — signifying a step towards global catastrophe.

Cuban Missile Crisis

Despite the Doomsday Clock staying at a “7 minutes” from midnight during the entire Cuban Missile Crisis, it is now considered the closest the world has come to nuclear war. In October 1962, a confrontation involving the staging of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba led to high tension and a blockade of the island nation. Though the Doomsday Clock remained at 7 minutes from midnight during the crisis, it's now considered the closest the world has come to nuclear war. To ensure the U.S. and Soviet Union would never again get this close to nuclear war, the “red telephone” nuclear hotline between both governments was established.

Brut.

01/14/2020 12:58 PM
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12 comments

  • Graham C.
    9 hours

    The fact about the doomsday clock seems to be mixed as for the years 1958 it moved to 2 minutes to midnight but in 1962 it was at 7 minutes to midnight shouldn't it be the other way round as far as I was told it is still at 2 minutes to midnight

  • Manuel G.
    a day

    Pero no pierdo la espranza jajajaja.....

  • Noah M.
    a day

    Pura política son culeros.todos.cobardes

  • Bruce R.
    2 days

    It's the tiniest of things that will destroy 🌎

  • Justin W.
    2 days

    And now we have the Democratic Party

  • Charles M.
    2 days

    I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis when politicians drew lots in DC to see who would go into the bomb shelters

  • Claudia D.
    2 days

    Load of BS!

  • Gus G.
    2 days

    Not were; we are at the brink...of total destruction...

  • Gregory T.
    3 days

    There's only one instance where humanity was on the brink. Noah's Flood. The rest are great tragedies. Nothing more

  • Felix A.
    4 days

    It's so stupid that the humanity life is at danger because of political war this need to be stop every human being need to open there eyes and stop voting we have a bigger voice that they do ⚔️

  • Aaron A.
    01/17/2020 00:43

    Is this your best guess

  • Timothy S.
    01/14/2020 13:08

    What about the russian who disobeyed orders to launch nukes at America and it turned out to be a false alarm that's got to be the closest