Will there be six days of darkness this December 2014? Although an alleged NASA report has claimed this week that solar winds will result in the U.S. being cast into darkness for a significant amount of time, it appears that these allegations are nothing but a hoax. The Epoch Times reveals this Thursday, October 30, that rumors of the Earth being cast into shadow are completely false, though the cited article has received over 600K Facebook “likes” and counting.
Readers should not believe everything they see, even if information is “confirmed.” A statement of the world being plunged into six days of darkness this December has been revealed to be completely untrue. The original article first appeared via Huzlers, which stated that NASA had made a new report public that said the world would be almost fully dark for nearly a week.
Although meant only to be satire, it appears that some users and popular sites viewed the claims as all too real. Within just days, the fake article citing dangerous solar winds had gone absolutely viral online. It has already amassed well over 600K views and “likes” on Facebook, with some people even said to be preparing themselves for a week of darkness this 2014.
“NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 6 days of almost complete darkness and will happen from the dates Tuesday the 16 – Monday the 22 in December. The world will remain, during these three days, without sunlight due to a solar storm, which will cause dust and space debris to become plentiful and thus, block 90% sunlight,” the page reveals.
According to the Independent UK News, specific quotes are also provided from NASA experts, but these too are bogus. Yet Huzlers isn’t fully to blame for presenting false information and presenting it as real. While the title sounds interesting and possibly authentic initially, the source site includes a disclaimer at the very bottom of the page: “Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satirical entertainment to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.”
A website known as Hoax Slayer has also shared that these cited “confirmations” of six days of darkness in December 2014 are untrue. NASA has not verified that such a shocking event will occur in the U.S. or anywhere else. However, it is hard to deny that such a claim has been so widely received the public. People on social networking and media sites like Facebook and Twitter have posted and re-tweeted the information, amounting to well over 600K views, as well as accompanying “likes” and comments.
“The claims in the report are fanciful nonsense. NASA certainly has not confirmed the supposed 6 days of darkness. No such event will occur. The story comes via the fake-news ‘satirical’ site Huzlers. And Huzlers apparently adapted the fake story from an earlier hoax that claimed that there was to be a three-day blackout in December … Huzlers has been responsible for a string of nonsensical fake-news reports that have spread virally, often causing fear and consternation as they travel. Readers should not believe any of the reports published on the site.”
It appears that this particular NASA hoax came about as a response to a previous fake report about a three-day blackout, which cites darkness and potential lack of electricity. This originated back in 2012, but became such a phenomenon in the media that some clever minds at Huzlers decided to reincarnate it with an ever darker, longer period of time that humanity would be without the light of the sun. Yet solar winds or no, there’s nothing to fear this 2014 of us being in complete blackness.
“The original version, which claimed that the three-day blackout was to occur in December 2012, suggested that the planet would shift to another dimension during the days of darkness. Another current ‘three-day blackout’ version was built on the original but moves the ‘action’ to 21, 22 and 23 December this year and also blames a solar storm.”