The Earth revolves at 1,000 miles an hour. But what if it somehow started coming to an stop? That is the hypothetical scenario explored in this Aftermath documentary.
The spin of the Earth suddenly starts slowing down dramatically. It is estimated Earth would stop spinning in as little as 5 years.
The first effect is the isolation between the Global Positioning System satellites and ground-based atomic clocks. Then stock markets crash because of uncertainty about humanity’s future.
As times goes on the oceanic bulge of water at the equator moves northward and southward. The water floods Russia, Canada, and Antarctica.
The atmosphere, once shaking solar heat out over the world and shifting air, stops and whirls to the poles. The air starts to thin at the equator and people have to migrate to more northerly and southerly cities in order to keep up with the escaping denser air.
There is a higher risk of ultraviolet radiation as the electromagnetic field weakens because of the slowing inner core. The slowing Earth causes friction between the crust and the inner and outer cores, creating tremendous earthquakes.
The new oceans at the poles start flooding most of North America and Mediterranean Europe around this time. As the oceans have moved to the poles, the sea-bed dries out, revealing new land.
Eventually, the Earth stops spinning altogether. The scorching light of day lasts for six months, while the remaining six months of the year are ice-bound darkness. The planetary landscape now consists of one ocean in the north, one in the south and a girdle of land around the equator.