Another apocalyptic conspiracy theory is doing the rounds on TikTok – but there’s a simple answer to it.
The online panic started when a video of Friedrich Merz, a German politician, posted on Twitter saying: “Dear colleagues… September 24, 2022 will be remembered by all of us as a day when we will say, ‘I remember exactly where I was'”, the NY Post reports.
The comment sparked several conspiracy theories about things going wrong that day, including that a large solar flare would hit Earth and cause tropical cyclones resulting in mass destruction, according to Middle East Mashable.
TikToker Daily Rundown with Chris also stated that some sides of the internet believe that Donald Trump would announce that he would run for president again that day.
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NASA defines a solar flare as “an intense burst of radiation from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots.”
They are the largest explosive events in our solar system that are seen as bright areas on the sun that can last from minutes to hours.
But according to fact-checking website Lead Stories, the Merz video was shot on Feb. 27 after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, and the politician was reacting to the first pictures he’d seen of the war.
He was wrong when he said September as he wanted to say February 24th.
Therefore, the online claims of a September 24 solar flare have no factual evidence to support this and are untrue.
Lead Stories also notes that even in their most extreme form, solar flares are unable to cut through Earth’s atmosphere and directly hurt people.
This article originally appeared on New York Post and is reproduced with permission