by Mark Wilkinson

What happened to the Maya? Was their civilization destroyed by Earthquakes and are Earthquakes connected to the 2012 Mayan Calendar, End of the World 2012 – Fin Del Mundo – Prophecy?

First lets clear the air on a few misconceptions floating around the web. The Maya did not die off as a people.the Maya believed that time was cyclical and not occuring in a straight line like we believe. Therefore they believed that time and history repeated itself in cycles and was therfore essentially predictable, at least in a broad sense.

So many people are alarmed by the fact that the current cycle of their lonmg Calendar is ending on December 21, 2012. The Mayan civilization was devastated by numerous earthquakes. The lived in southern Mexico, Guatemala, etc. The history of these areas include many devastating earthquake events.

Could deadly earthquakes have led to the decline of the Mayan Civilization? It is very possible. The fact is that no one knows what started their decline (We do know that the Spanish conq1uered the weekend Mayan Civilization over a hundred year span). Is that what will happen in 2012? Will we die in 2012 by Earthquakes???

The fact is that the first colonial capital in Guatemala, Ciudad Vieja, was destroyed by a major earthquake in 1542. They built a new capital on the same spot. It was called Antigua. That Capital city was destroyedtwo centuries later by -drum roll- by earthquakes in 1773.

In addition, we will discuss further devastating quakes and their affects on the decendents of the Maya in a little bit. But givben all of this incormation it is easy to see that if the Mayan Doomsday prophecy is true, then they might very well have forseen earthquakes as the end of the world (Remember the whole cyclical time belief of theirs. Who is to say that their concept of time is wrong and ours is right?).

End of the world 2012 – by earthquake?

2012 apocalypse - A Mayan Heiroglyphic believed to describe an earthquake

FACT: David Stuart of the Peabody Museum, Harvard has studied the hieroglyph above It is his belief that it depicts an earthquake in early Mayan times. The fact that it was found in a temple says a lot. You can read David’s paper at this link:

Earthquakes devistated the Mayans – Is that what will happen in 2012 to us?

December 21 2012 - is the Mayan Calendar warning us of Earthquakes?

FACT: As we already stated, the Mayans lived in an area that was hit by terrible earthquakes. If the Mayans did have the ability to predict the future, and if time was cyclical to them (or if it is cyclical) then ity is easy to see that they believed the apocalypse whould be caused by earthquakes! above is the map of quakes in the region from the United States Geological Service (USGS). In my opinion – Given the above, it would be easy to see how the Mayans might predict the end of the world, especially by Earthquake, on December 21 2012! It is easy to see that the Mayan 2012 end of the world prophecy was pointing towards earthquakes.

FACT: As we mentioned earlier, decendandts of the early Mayan were also plagued by earthquake disasters, In 1976 more than 20,000 people were killed in Guatemala’s capital when a major earthquake struck – half of those that died were most likely descendents of the original Mayans!. This quake was widespread, occurring along a fault line more then 200 kilometers in length! So for those people it certainly must have fealt like the end of the world. 200 Kilometers!! And now we ourselves appear to be in the midst of an unexplained rash of strong, devastating earthquakes. Could all the devastating earthquakes of the last 5 years be leading up to the end of the world 2012? The 2012 Mayan Prophecy?

FACT: Here is a list (with links) to major Guatemala earthquakes in the last 100 years:

* April 1902 Guatemala – M 7.5 Fatalities 2,000
* August 1942 – Guatemala – M 7.9 Fatalities 38
* February 1976 – Guatemala – M 7.5 Fatalities 23,000
* June 2007 – Offshore Guatemala – M 6.7

OPINION: The media does not do much research any more and the day of the news hound is gone. just talking heads on TV spitting out what ever sound bytes are handed to them. Who is questioning if the current stream of devastating earthquakes is connected or not? Are they leading up to something much worse? You can click on any of these links below to read about these recent, major earthquakes:

Latest Earthquakes

M 8.8 Maule, Chile february 27, 2010

M 7.0 Haiti January 2010

M 6.5 Eureka Jamuary 10th 2010

M 7.6 Indonesia September 20, 2009

M 8.0 America Samoa

M 6.2 venezuala

M 7.0 Java february

M 7.8 NZ 07/2009

M 7.3 Honduras may 2009

And this is to mention just a few

Summary: The Mayans lived in an area plagued by Earthquakes. and that may have led to their decline. it certainly has devastated their people and cities. It is logical to assume that if they are right and that time is cyclical, repeating, then the end of the world may occur by earthquake.


Click on the link below to read our series of articles on the Mayan Long Calendar.

Mark Wilkinson is An Information Technology expert by trade but enjoys all the Physical Sciences, Ecology and all analytical endeavors. He can be reached by email at:

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