The savage doomsday plot of 24 September goes viral on TikTok

Another apocalyptic conspiracy theory is sweeping TikTok — but there’s a simple answer to that.

The online panic began when a video of Friedrich Merz, a German politician, posted on Twitter stating, “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’.” New York Post reports.

The remark sparked several conspiracy theories that something went wrong that day, including that a major solar flare would hit Earth and create tropical cyclones that would lead to mass destruction Mashable from the Middle East.

TikToker Daily Rundown with Chris also explained that some sites on the internet believe that Donald Trump would announce that day that he would run for president again.

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NASA defines a solar flare as “an intense burst of radiation produced by the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots.”

They are our solar system’s largest explosive events, seen as bright areas on the sun, and can last from minutes to hours.

But according to fact-checking website Lead Stories, the Merz video was taken on February 27 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, and the politician was reacting to the first images he saw from the war.

He got it wrong when he said September because he meant to say February 24th.

Therefore, the online claims of a solar flare on September 24th have no factual evidence to back them up and are untrue.

Lead Stories also notes that solar flares, even in their most extreme forms, are unable to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere and directly injure humans.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission

Originally released as Wild September 24th, the doomsday plot goes viral on TikTok