Doomsday hour arrives, but no sign of world ending

Doomsday hour is here, at least in much of the world, but we're still here - as you've probably noticed. According to legend, the ancient Mayans' long-count calendar ends at midnight Thursday, ushering in the end of the world. But it didn't happen.

A Mayan priest sits on top of a pyramid at his "End of the World Soiree"
A Mayan priest sits on top of a pyramid at his "End of the World Soiree" Credit: Reuters

As the appointed time came and went in several parts of the world, there was no sign of the apocalypse.

Star Johnsen-Moser, an American spiritualist said:

"This is not the end of the world. This is the beginning of the new world... It is most important that we hold a positive, beautiful reality for ourselves and our planet... Fear is out of place."

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The world has not ended

The ancient Mayan prediction that the world would come to an abrupt end at 11:11 has been proved not to be true.