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5 Apocalyptic Time-Lapse Videos That Will Blow Your Mind

By Edited Aug 11, 2015 0 2

In addition to movie stars, frozen yogurt and earthquakes, Los Angeles is also famous for its car culture. Traffic jams are legendary, rush hour happens 24 hours a day, and if you spend even an hour caught in gridlock, you’ll understand why the phrase “road rage” originated in Los Angeles.

So what if all the cars disappeared? Sure, Los Angeles wouldn’t be so smoggy and you’d get out of paying auto insurance, but that would be hella creepy. How creepy? See for yourself:

Running on Empty

Wondering how Ross Ching did this? Head over to his website for a detailed explanation.

But not all apocalyptic time lapse videos need to be photoshopped...

Mother nature throws some pretty wicked things at the world all by herself.

This dust storm hit Phoenix on July 5, 2011. It only took two hours to blanket the entire city, reducing visibility to zero. While dust storms are common in the Sonoran Desert, storms of this size are not. The cloud reached a maximum height of 1.8 km, a width of 160 km and moved at an incredible speed of 64 km per hour. Scientists think that the region’s prolonged drought was the main reason for the storm’s severity.

California Wildfires

The 2009 Los Angeles wildfires, a series of 63 wildfires, destroyed more than 336,020 acres (1360 sq km) of land between July and November. The Station Fire, captured in this video, was the deadliest, burning up 160,000 acres (650 sq km) and killing 2 firefighters.

Space Station

A time-lapse taken from the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth at night. James Drake created this video by downloading and compiling hundreds of still shots.


Incredible footage of Eyjafjallajökull, the Icelandic volcano that erupted in April 2010 and disrupted air travel for almost a week.



Dec 15, 2011 5:17pm
Incorrect. Please don't sensationalise titles. It leads to disappointment.
Dec 15, 2011 5:34pm
Sorry, but I thought these time-lapse videos were absolutely amazing. They blew my mind (not literally, of course) and I hoped others would be as moved by them as I was. I felt they truly captured the power, the unpredictability and the beauty of nature. I'm sorry if your mind wasn't blown. Mine was.

As for the incorrect part, I'm sorry if the title makes it seem like these time-lapse videos are of an actual apocalypse. I couldn't find any videos of the real thing, but I tried my darndest to get as close as possible. Lonely, desolate, uncontrollable--that's apocalyptic, if you ask me.
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