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The Timeline is the series of dates and events that take place in the 2012 universe.


640,000 B.C.E.[]

  • The eight planets of the Solar System aligned themselves as a part of the cycle. The next time the planets aligned themselves would be in the year 2009 C.E., which three years later would result in nearly the extinction of humanity.

28,000 BC[]

  • According to the mythos of neo-paganism, the Mayans and the ancient deities created the Mayan Calendar in Central America that predicts the end of the world that would occur on December 21st, 2012.

Circa 4000-3001 B.C.E.[]

  • The ancient Mayas in Central America created the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar. Through it they learned that Earth will end in the fourth "world cycle" and consequently the beginning of a new cycle of 13 baktuns, i.e., approximately 5,125 years. In the Gregorian calendar, it occurs on 21st December, 2012 A.D..
  • The Mayan Calendar was still residing in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, which predicted the end of the world.

1 C.E.[]

  • Birth of Jesus, as assigned by Dionysius Exiguus in his anno Domini era according to at least one scholar.

1900's C.E.[]

2000's C.E.[]

  • 2002 - Noah Curtis is born.
  • 2005 - Lilly Curtis is born.
  • 2009
    • The 2009 Solar Flare occurs, with the planets in the Solar System aligning themselves, and the Earth's core gets heated up by the neutrinos.
    • Two days later, Adrian Helmsley meets with astrophysicist Dr. Satnam Tsurutani in India and they discover that the Earth's crust is becoming unstable, due to the Earth's core getting heated up by the solar flare.
    • Adrian travels to the Lincoln Plaza Hotel in Washington D.C. days later, to inform Chief of Staff Carl Anheuser and President Thomas Wilson about the event and that it will cause a chain of natural disasters in the future.

2010's C.E.[]

  • 2010
    • The 2010 G8 Summit occurs in British Columbia, where President Thomas Wilson informs the world national leaders about the world ending in 2012 and they begin a top-secret project to ensure humanity survives.
    • The Ark project begins its operation in Cho Ming Valley, Tibet and the nine Arks begin their construction with thousands of locals being recruited to help build them. Additional funding is sold for tickets for one billion euros per person.
    • More than 400,000 people are chosen by the government to board the Arks, those are rich people and billionaires.
    • The 2012 Apocalypse is kept a secret from the world at large by the orders of Carl Anheuser in order to prevent a massive panic, knowing that a lot of people want to survive.
  • 2011
    • All national treasures are moved to the Himalayas under the disguise of terrorist attacks when the end comes with the help of art expert and First Daughter, Dr. Laura Wilson.
    • Mr. Issacs visits the Saudi Prince in the Empire Grand Hotel in London to recruit him to board the Arks with his family.
    • Seismic and volcanic activity continued to increase worldwide, due to the Earth's crust becoming even more unstable and lava began to force its way to the surface, due to the Earth's core being heated up so high.
  • 2012
    • January - The 2012 Winter Youth Olympics take place.
    • June - The 2012 UEFA Champions League take place.
    • July - The 2012 Summer Olympics take place.
    • November - 2012 United States Presidential Election take place.
  • December -
    • Jackson Curtis takes his children, Noah and Lilly out camping in Yellowstone National Park while Kate and her current boyfriend, Dr Gordon Silberman stay in Los Angeles.
    • Harry Helmsley and Tony Dalgatto board the Genesis ship in San Francisco to travel to Tokyo, Japan for their next musical event. A small wave pushes the Genesis to the side of the dock, but no one is injured.
    • Roland Picard, the director of the Louvre is killed in a car bomb accident when he tried to inform the public about the end of the world.
    • Much of Yellowstone National Park's areas are made government restricted due to scientists checking the geological activities around it.
    • Adrian Helmsley travels to Yellowstone to collect more data and runs into Jackson and his children, while they were exploring.
    • Satnam informs Adrian that the Earth's crust is destabilizing and the apocalypse IS indeed going to occur.
    • Noah and Lilly camp in their tent while Jackson goes to visit Charlie Frost, a radio host and conspiracy theorist, who tells him about the apocalypse, the Arks and scientists who discovered this were killed in various accidents when they tried to warn the world.
    • A small earthquake occurs at a new supermarket in Los Angeles, but no one was injured or killed. Kate and Gordon survived the earthquake and Kate calls Jackson to let him and her children come home.
    • At the White House in DC, Adrian informs the world national leaders about the Earth's crust becoming unstable and the magnetic fields decreasing. With only 2-3 days till the end of the world begins, President Wilson recommends they evacuate at once.
  • December 21st, 2012 - The 2012 Apocalypse occurs -
    • Morning - In Los Angeles, Jackson drops his kids home and leaves for work to drop Yuri's sons, Alec and Oleg to the Santa Monica Airport. The twins tell him that he will die and they will live, due to the Arks, Jackson realizes they are right and the apocalypse is beginning. He rents a plane and races to pick his family up.
    • The San Andreas Earthquake occurs in the state of California, in the magnitude of 10.9, destroying Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Pasadena, and the San Andres Fault. The Curtis family and Gordon narrowly escape the city in a Cessna 460 as the state of California slides into the Pacific Ocean.
    • More earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the globe, destroying various nations such as USA, Mexico, Central America, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
    • Midday - The Curtis family and Gordon Silberman return to Yellowstone to retrieve Charlie's map that will show the Ark's location. Jackson and Lilly head to find Charlie while Kate, Noah and Gordon remain by the plane. Jackson finds Charlie on a mountain who tells him where the map is in his camper.
    • The Yellowstone Caldera Eruption occurs with the park being engulfed by the eruption and Charlie is killed by falling debris. Jackson and Lilly return to the airfield with Charlie's camper. Jackson finds the map and the group escape on the plane before the ash cloud destroys the park. The Yellowstone Ash Cloud spreads around the USA and Canada, rendering them uninhabitable.
    • Brazil is hit by a massive earthquake with hundreds of people struggling to survive and the event is recorded on Global News Brazil.
    • Afternoon - London is hit by an earthquake and the 30th Olympic Games have been suspended. Around the globe, the remaining surviving humans realize that the Mayan Calendar was right about the world ending, causing cities to descend into global chaos before hundreds of people gather in public places in desperate prayer, thinking that nothing will save them.
    • The White House staff members pack up for Air Force One to get to the Arks when Professor West informs them that the Yellowstone Ash Cloud will hit DC in 7 hours. President Wilson remains in DC to address the nation one last time as Air Force One leaves.
    • The Engulfment of Las Vegas occurs when the Curtis Family and Gordon arrive in Las Vegas to find a larger plane to get to China, (which was hit by an earthquake around the same time of the Los Angeles Earthquake.) They run into the Karpov Family, Tamara Jikan and pilot Sasha and they team up to board an Antonov 500. They escape before the ash cloud engulfs the once famous city of Las Vegas.
    • In Tibet, Tenzin plans to board the Arks with his family. Onboard the Genesis, Tony Dalgatto calls his son Will Dalgatto and his family to warn them about the apocalypse, but an earthquake strikes Tokyo, destroying Japan and killing Will's family. The Volcanic Eruptions of Hawaii destroy the islands of Hawaii, leaving no signs of survivors.
    • Evening - The White House Destruction occurs, with the Yellowstone Ash cloud raining volcanic ash all over the capital. An earthquake, magnitude of 9.4, strikes the capital, destroying the Washington Monument and killing several humans. In Rome Italy, the St. Peter's Basilica Collapse occurs with the Italian Prime Minister being killed along with his family and the Pope.
    • The Earth's crust finally begins to shift more than a thousand miles at 1.22 degrees and once the movement of the landmasses comes to a halt, gigantic tsunamis at 1500 meters high, formed by the corresponding quakes, flooded the entire planet. The crust shifts by almost 23 degrees to the South West and the Earth's poles have reversed their magnetic fields, with the South Pole in Wisconsin and the North Pole in the Indian Ocean.
    • The Worldwide Flooding occurs with the Genesis ship being capsized by one tsunami in the Japanese seaboard. Another tsunami carrying the USS John F. Kennedy strikes the Eastern United States, destroying New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, and Washington DC, killing President Thomas Wilson.
    • More tsunamis continue to flood all the continents over the world
    • The Curtis and Karpov group arrive in Cho Ming Valley, with a crash landing that kills Sasha and destroying the Antonov 500. The Chinese government arrive and pick Yuri and his sons, as they have tickets, but the Curtis Family, Gordon and Tamara are left behind due to not having any tickets. They are picked up by Nima, and his grandparents, who is on his way to the Arks.
    • Air Force One lands in Cho Ming Valley and everyone boards the three remaining Arks, while the others are still under construction and Ark 3 being damaged by roof collapsing due to the shifting of the Earth's crust.
    • On the Nampan Plateau in India, near the Blackbuck Conservation Area, Satnam and his family are trapped in a tsunami area, Satnam calls Adrian to inform him of the tsunami before he and his family are killed. The Arks prepare to leave for the upcoming tsunami, the passengers break out of the waiting area and head for the Arks.
    • The Curtis family, Gordon, Tamara, Tenzin and Nima's family make it to the Arks and they stow away on Ark 4, where the American people are on board. Adrian gives a speech to convince the other Arks to let the surviving people on. During the opening of the gates, Gordon is crushed after he fell into the gears, while Jackson and Tenzin narrowly avoided falling into the gears. The passengers aboard the Arks and the gates begin closing, Yuri is killed when he falls to his death after getting Alec and Oleg on board. An impact driver gets lodged into the gears of Ark 4, leaving it slightly open.
    • Adrian and Laura learn of the Curtis' stowaway and leave to inform them about the jamming of the Ark's gate gears, just as a tsunami strikes the Cho Ming area. The Ark is flooded due to the gate being left open. The wave sends Air Force One striking at the Midship anchor of Ark 4, sending it adrift. Tamara drowns in the flooded area of the Zoological Bay. Jackson and Noah manage to get the drill out of the gears before the Ark could impact Mount Everest.
  • December 22nd, 2012 - The 2012 Apocalypse ends -
    • Morning - The Arks set sail for land. The Curtis family and Nima's family are rescued and given their own rooms onboard the Arks.

Timeline Reset[]


  • January -
    • The Earth's continents (except for Africa) have become uninhabitable due to the earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.
    • Humanity becomes endangered, due to over 6 billion people killed during the apocalypse, while more than 400,000 humans have survived on board the Arks.
    • The Drakensburg Mountains in South Africa have become the tallest mountains in the world, while the Himalayas are half-flooded.
    • The global floodwaters start to recede and the entire African continent had risen up. The Arks set sail for the Cape of Good Hope, and dock at the risen continent where the survivors remake their lives.
  • Alternative Ending -
    • Adrian gets a call from his father, Harry Helmsley who survived the mega-tsunami that struck the Genesis along with Tony Dalgatto and some survivors. Anheuser apologizes to Adrian for his actions. Jackson goes onto the balcony of the ship, joined by Adrian and Laura as they watch the horizon.


  • Contrary to the popular idea spread through the cinema industry and reinforced by the Western eschatological view, the Mayan Long Count Calendar never predicts that the world would end on December 21, 2012. The calendar actually predicts the end of the fourth “world cycle” and consequently the beginning of a new cycle of 13 baktuns, i.e., approximately 5,125 years.