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Commentary: Why the world probably won't end this year - or for billions to come

By Jonathan Bellot

We humans have a fascination with disasters, with that which can kill. Even now that we have telescopes that can catch natural disasters on other planets within our solar system -- the most spectacular of which was probably the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy-9 with Jupiter in 1994, which left craters in Jupiter as large as our own planet, each piece striking with the strength of the impact at Chicxulub that led to extinction of the dinosaurs -- we still so often seem to find ourselves in an uncertain place when disaster strikes, particularly when that disaster strikes close to home. 

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La Tercera

Nasa dismisses explanations underlying doomsday theory

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) from NASA is broadcasting a video in which rules out the so-called "Mayan Apocalypse," which holds that a string of astronomical events will destroy the world on 21st December, 2012. (Text in Spanish)

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A mild drought have caused the collapse of Maya civilization

Although it was known that the lack of water was one of the causes of decline, researchers were able to determine that drought caused only a reduction of between 25 to 40% of the annual rainfall. The collapse of the Mayan civilization was probably due to a relatively mild drought, similar to the dry conditions are expected in the coming years due to climate change, scientists said in the journal Science. (Text in Spanish)

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La Tercera

The most recent natural disasters in pictures

The earthquake-tsunami in Japan in 2011, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the volcano eruption in Iceland in 2010, and Hurricane Agatha in Central America in 2010 are part of this amazing photogallery prepared by the AoL News website.

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La Tercera

Chile pursued by natural disasters

Chile has the largest economy in Latin America and the highest income level in the region. But despite its strengths, there is an area in which the South American nation seems to be the most unfortunate: natural disasters.(Text in Spanish)

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