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Sydney completely devastated

Computer generated image of what Sydney might look like if Mayan prophecies were fulfilled and life ended 21/12/2012. Picture: Sony Source: The Daily Telegraph

Dead birds in Sweden, dead crabs in England, dead fish in the US. What in the world is going on? Andrew Carswell looks at the theories.

Tom Evans, doting dad to two infant children, says he's leaving the planet on May 21, never to return. On what will otherwise be a seemingly harmless spring day in his Californian home, the 54-year-old expects he will never wake up, passing from one life to the next in the blinking of an eye, swapping the rigours of mortality for the peace of eternity.

For the record, he is not sick. And he does not intend to commit suicide. He believes his body will simply disappear. His and 200 million others.

Saturday May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day, the second coming of Christ, the end of the world as we know it -- so he believes.

And he is not alone. The same Rapture date prediction is eagerly awaited by thousands around the globe who subscribe to the fundamentalist Christian beliefs of Bible decoder and Family Radio network founder Harold Camping.

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