San Diegans prepare for Mayan doomsday: Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012

More than 100 locals prep for 'end of world'

SAN DIEGO - With his gas mask on and machete in hand, Nikko Sanchez is ready for December 21.

"It does possibly mean the end of the world," said Sanchez. "I do know about the Mayan calendar, I have done some research."

The Mayan calendar only extends to December 21, 2012. Some people interpret that as a prediction for the end of the world on that date.

"I've seen how horrific people can be when they really want to be," said Sanchez.

Sanchez is a Gulf War veteran and he's ex-law enforcement. Now, he's a "prepper" -- prepared to survive the worst. He trains others to do the same, and he founded a company called SOC Tactical that, among other survival skills, teaches you how to pack a "bug out" bag, complete with medication, a self-generating light source and food for a year.

It's growing phenomenon, and Sanchez is one of at least 102 confirmed preppers in San Diego.

"People getting prepared for December 21st this year should be prepared for anything, whether it be the end of days, civil unrest, nuclear attack, hurricane, earthquake," said Sanchez.

10News met with Maya archaeologist Mark Van Stone, Ph.D., at the Mayan ruins at the Museum of Man. He's a leading scholar on the subject and author of the book "2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya." He's also one of the few who can actually read Mayan hieroglyphs.

Click here to visit Van Stone's website

"It's gotten so out of hand because we live in a world that loves the end of the world," explained Van Stone. "The Maya did not predict an end to the world or the calendar on December 21st, 2012, but they did predict things would go on for thousands of years after 2012."

Still, for Sanchez, it's not a risk he's willing to take. He showed 10News a photo of his 10-month-old boy and said there's too much on the line.

"I would rather be looked at as a kook and know that my family has a chance at survival than them not have any survival chances at all," said Sanchez. "People ask me all the time why I prep. I prep for my family."

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