NASA has been forced to respond to conspiracy theory claims being spread online, stoking mass hysteria among the susceptible, that a giant asteroid will impact Earth September 22–28, 2015, causing widespread destruction and extinction of several species.
According to the doomsday theorists, the impact will nearly wipe out humanity from the face of the planet.
NASA is responding to the rumor that first appeared in 2010 but began gaining traction in 2012, going viral online in 2014-15.
Yahoo News reports that a NASA spokesman has dismissed the asteroid impact doomsday theory, saying that NASA knows of no space rock currently on collision course with Earth.
"NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years."But unfortunately, NASA's pronouncement is unlikely to calm fears because of the widespread belief in conspiracy theory circles that NASA routinely conspires with other government agencies to hide vital information from citizens.
Probably what makes the asteroid impact apocalypse theory potent for spreading fear and panic is that the scenario has been acknowledged as realistic by experts.
NASA's presentation, titled "2015 PDC hypothetical asteroid impact scenario," at the April 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, only helped to strengthen conviction that NASA is aware of an impending asteroid impact and that the elite are preparing secretly for the event.
The Daily Mail reports that while dismissing recent online predictions of an impending impact catastrophe, an expert, Professor Brian Cox, admitted frankly that, "There is an asteroid with our name on it and it will hit us."
Needless to say, quoting such comments by an expert does nothing to calm fears.
Asteroid impact doomsday theories will continue to flourish and command mass attention until world governments are able to reassure citizens that the capability to defend the Earth against asteroid threats from space has been developed and put in place -- and it would require committing only a fraction of annual expenditure on defense to achieve the goal in only a few years.
The Inquisitr first reported the fear-mongering doomsday predictions in February, 2015, noting that doomsday prophets and conspiracy theorists were spreading panic online with claims that world governments have information that a massive asteroid is on a collision course with Earth.
According to conspiracy theorists, governments are keeping the information secret to prevent mass panic, while the "rich and powerful" (the NWO-Illuminati elite) make plans to survive the apocalypse.
"The governments of the world know that a very large asteroid will hit the earth on September 24, 2015, and they have publicly announced it already through the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius on May 13, 2014. They will attempt to nuke this asteroid, which will break it into smaller pieces that will reign down all over the earth causing massive destruction."
The Inquisitr traced the origin of the doomsday prophecy to a "self-proclaimed prophet," Rev. Ephraim Rodriguez, who sent a letter to NASA in November, 2010, saying he received a message from God that a massive asteroid was approaching Earth and that it would impact Earth off the coast of Puerto Rico, causing a massive earthquake and tsunami that would "devastate the East Coast of the U.S., Mexico, Central, and South America."
Rodriguez claimed that NASA scientists are aware of the impending asteroid impact catastrophe and that NASA chiefs have briefed President Barack Obama.
Wild but alarming stories that FEMA was stockpiling body bags forced the agency to issue a statement in 2013 denying the "prophetic" rumor. According to the Inquisitr, FEMA Caribbean Regional Director, Alejandro De La Campa, attempted to calm fears by saying it was not unusual for the agency to purchase and store disaster response material as part of efforts to remain prepared for an unforeseen natural disaster.
"FEMA is aware of speculation regarding the purchase of materials from around the United States, especially the Atlantic region. There is no specific threat, catalyst or alert behind the purchase of additional supplies."What appeared a tacit admission by FEMA that it was indeed stockpiling body bags did nothing to calm fears, and what started as a random prophecy by a "loony" prophet gained even more traction as multiple "prophets" issued similar prophecies in 2014.
The doomsday prophecy mushroomed into a mass hysteria-spreading online movement after conspiracy theorists interpreted a statement by the French Foreign Minister as an official disclosure of impending environmental catastrophe.
The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reportedly stated in May, 2014, that the world "has only 500 days to avoid climate chaos."
"As I said, we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos. And I know that President Obama and John Kerry himself are committed on this subject and I'm sure that with them, with a lot of other friends, we shall we able to reach success on this very important matter."In a recent report, the Inquisitr noted that the many biblical end-time theorists have merged eschatological theories of the popular Blood Moon Prophecy with the asteroid impact apocalypse conspiracy theory, claiming that coincidence of the current Tetrad cycle of lunar eclipses with the Jewish festivals proves that the asteroid impact will occur September 22–28 and will usher in the prophetic 7-Year Tribulation that fundamentalist Christians believe will follow the Rapture.
The susceptibility of some members of the online community to doomsday fear-mongering was demonstrated in the mild hysteria generated recently by a prediction that an earthquake would hit the U.S. West Coast on May 28, 2015, and destroy major cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Inquisitr reported late last month that the rumor continued generating fears, even after experts debunked its details.