KUER's Radio West featured an interesting discussion on the apocalypse with an historian putting end-of-the-world type thinking into historical context. It's worth listening to if you like this topic.
Tsunamis, earthquakes, war, hurricanes, famine, plague; these and other global developments have some people wondering: "Are the end times just around the bend? Are we witnessing the coming apocalypse?" But why? And where in the spectrum of historical apocalypic prediction do our worries fit? Is apocalypse solely a Western and Christian concern?