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This is a timeline of all the events that take place in the Life After People franchise. This timeline includes events depicted in the original Life After People special that aired on January 21, 2008, Life After People: The Series which aired from April 21, 2009 to March 16, 2010 and the Latinoamerica sin Humanos special that aired October 29, 2010.

Time Period Predictions
1 hour At an oil refinery in Houston, pressure in the oil distillation tanks, which is monitored by a human operator, is released into the atmosphere by emergency valves in a cloud of flammable gas. A spark ignites the cloud and the whole refinery explodes. The fuel tanks catch fire and burn for days. Meanwhile in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the tram continues to drive along now-abandoned stations.
1 day Most fossil fuel power stations will shut down, causing cascading black outs worldwide once they run out of fuel. Wind-driven turbines may continue to provide power, but without proper maintenance, their rotors will seize up over time. In New York City, Times Square is still ablaze with light, but is silent without people. As museums lose power the ideal conditions for the preservation of Egyptian mummies no longer exists and they begin to naturally deteriorate. In the American West, the Hoover Dam's generators are driven by the flow of water from Lake Mead, and the plant could remain operating unattended for months or even years. From space, the glitter of Las Vegas may be the only point of light on the surface of an otherwise dark planet. As the power goes out, bacteria, mold, insects and rodents begin to eat and decompose the produce left on grocery stores' shelves. The Crypt of Civilization at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta still lies buried underground waiting to be opened, but now, in a world without people, it never will be. In the absence of humans, the damage that is caused by ground squirrels and beavers gnawing at Sacramento’s levees will never be repaired and will eventually cause the city to flood. In Washington, D.C., the United States president's dog Bo wanders through the empty halls of the White House, soon he must escape to survive.
2 days Without steady power consumption, most nuclear power plants will shut down and enter an automatic safe mode to avert a possible meltdown. In New York City, water pumps in the subways' systems pump out 13 million gallons of water a day, once the power fails, the tunnels will fill with water in about 36 hours. Times Square finally goes dark. Breweries in St. Louis explode when built-up pressure ruptures fermentation tanks. The fish at Seattle's Pike Place Market begin to rot as they are eaten by raccoons, coyotes, foxes, rats, cockroaches and escaped dogs. In sugar refineries, the loss of power has shut down the plants’ ventilation systems allowing sugar dust to build up, soon sparks ignite the sugar dust and the refineries explode in flames. The pumping stations along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline shut down and oil stops moving through the pipeline. In Valdez, Alaska, without humans to shut off the oil flow, the storage tanks continue to feed the oil tankers causing the tanks in the ships to spill over and spill millions of gallons of oil into the harbor.
3 days The first heavy rainstorm floods Chicago when man-operated flood gates remain open, leading to a series of events that will eventually flood the entire city. Without air conditioning, the wax celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas melt. Without human hosts, head lice begin to die off. In the Gulf of Mexico 34,000 miles of undersea pipes clog with undelivered oil. Watertight valves will keep the oil from leaking into the ocean for now. Only the solar-powered radio station KTAO in Taos, New Mexico still broadcasts, all conventionally powered radio stations have gone dead.
4 days The hands atop the clock of the iconic Aloha Tower in Honolulu stop moving. In Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer Statue is claimed by the night as its illuminating lights turn off. In the Atlantic Ocean, rats begin to take over an abandoned cargo ship full of wheat. With no more planes in the sky to create condensation with their contrails, it is now warmer in the day and cooler at night. The pumps that pump water out of the Naica Mine fail and water begins to reclaim the mine. Electric fences in zoos begin to fail causing animals trapped by them to escape.
5 days Due to raw sewage that has filled up New York’s flooded subway tunnels, the MetLife Building starts to fill with methane gas.
1 week In London, Big Ben stops running when no one is around to rewind it. Without people to control their spread, water hyacinth, imported from South America, takes over Florida and Texas. Without humans to clear them away, they absorb all the oxygen from the water and suffocate surrounding plant life. In the vast fresh water bayous outside New Orleans, escaped and abandoned pets make new treats for alligators. The machinery that filters and oxygenates the tanks at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas shut down and the fish begin to suffocate and succumb to increased bacteria levels. In Vatican City, at St. Peter's Basilica, black cats roam freely without fear of being killed as pests. Most sheep will be killed off by predators, the only chance for survival are for the sheep still protected from predators by Anatolian Sheep Dogs which have been bred for over 6000 years by shepherds to help watch over their flocks. Some German Shepherds from military and police K-9 units have turned feral. The training that they received will help them to survive in the wild. The golf courses of Palm Springs still remains lush and green thanks to the wind turbines that still supply the city with electricity. In Chicago, the electric barrier that protects the Great Lakes from the invasive Asian carp shuts down when the emergency generators fail. Canada geese flock to airports to graze without fear of being killed by planes. The remains of food are being devoured mercilessly by rats and insects. The dogs that survived will have to adapt to the wild. Cats will also have to adapt, but as they have not lived as long with man like dogs, they adapt faster and better. Zoo animals have escaped from their cages, and go into the cities.
10 days Most food on supermarket shelves and inside home refrigerators has rotted. Pets still trapped inside houses can drink the water leaking from thawed freezers, but a mass die-off of domestic animals begins, those that can escape homes and yards will begin to scavenge for food, but many domestic dogs' breeds, especially small dogs and those bred for special qualities like stubby legs and short muzzles, will be unable to survive long in the wild. Some greyhounds have escaped from the many dog tracks around the United States. Their competitive nature keeps them from working together to get the food they desperately need. Meanwhile, household pests like rats and mice thrive on the remaining food supplies, once it runs out, they return back to the wild where their populations will quickly diminish as they become food for predators. In New York City, the Asian Long-horned beetle which arrived from China in the 1990s easily infest the trees in Central Park without humans to curtail the infestation. Former guide dogs raid abandoned grocery stores but will have trouble surviving in the wild due to the training they received that dulled their ability to hunt. In New York City, linseed oil in paint-soaked rags causes the San Remo to erupt in flames. Spent nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants is generally stored in pools in on-site facilities. Without people to ensure that this water remains cool, the heat of the fuel rods boils it away and the fuel rods catch fire. The resulting nuclear disasters spread fallout over large areas. Most plants and animals within the affected zones die.
2 weeks At Buckingham Palace in London, the Queen of England's corgis have been trapped inside and are desperate for food. Worldwide, animals trapped inside homes die unless they can escape. In zoos, many animals suffering from starvation will have escaped their cages. From Japan to California, 3.5 million tons of garbage goes uncollected and storms wash some of it out to sea increasing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In North America, starving wolves begin to make their way to the smell of rotting food in kitchens formerly occupied by humans.
3 weeks The pumps that send water down the aqueducts from Owens Valley to Los Angeles fail and the water supply has run out.
1 month The 400,000 human embryos cryonically frozen in clinics, (as well as some people frozen in their entirety) in the United States begin to thaw and decompose. Aboard the International Space Station, the Immortality Drive, a computer disk containing the digitized genetic information of some extraordinary humans, remains the last hope for some future intelligence to restarting the human race. Kudzu grows freakishly in the southern United States. In Los Angeles, without water, the green grass has dried up and many non-native species of plants like the Canary Island palms wither and the city begins to be reclaimed by the desert. In Washington, D.C. the opposite is happening, with no water being pumped away from the city, it begins to flood. A storm hits the Dutch city of Rotterdam, without humans to close the giant floodgate that normally protects the city from flooding, Rotterdam floods, destroying the works of art in the Boijman's Museum. Liquefied natural gas tanks begin to fail, causing many fires and explosions. Domesticated reindeer join herds of wild caribou. In Glacier Bay, Alaska, cruise ships capsize due to the weight of composited snow and ice. At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the last emergency battery of the Satellite Transit System fails and the entire subterranean transportation system grinds to a halt. In Los Angeles, the LED lights of the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier still light up the night due to being run on solar power. The hydroelectric power plants that line the Niagara River shut down and the Niagara Falls is returned to its past glory as the full force of the Niagara River flows over the falls once again. Without electricity demand, the generators of Itaipu Dam on the Brazil/Paraguay border automatically shut down, with no water moving through the dam, the Paraná River begins to overflow the dam. Latin American nature begins to show signs of recovery. The predators that escaped from zoos roam the streets looking for prey.
2 months Most starving domesticated pigs will have broken out of their barnyards. They begin breeding with wild pigs creating a leaner, more aggressive species of wild hog. Without electrical power, the automatic relighting system of the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame fails when a heavy rainfall extinguishes it forever.
3 months In Rome, Michelangelo's artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel has been without protection since the computerized climate control system failed, but the lack of moisture and body heat from visitors is actually helping preserve the works of art. After depleting all the food supplies in Buckingham Palace, the Queen's corgis try to survive in the outside world. With no one to inoculate them, escaped domestic animals catch rabies. In grocery stores around the world, produce such as, meat, fruit and vegetables have either rotted away or been eaten. Vermin still inside the buildings have taken to eating up the dry goods.
4 months Deep in the ice of Norway, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the world's reserve of crops. Seeds from every plant in the world are kept here in case agriculture ever needs to be restarted on Earth. Without people, it is beginning to warm up, threatening the lifespan of the seeds.
6 months Without people to suppress them, wild animals will return to the urban landscape. Small predators such as coyotes and bobcats, which roamed on the outskirts of populated areas, will be the first new residents, followed next by larger species such as cougars, wolves and bears. On Ross Island in Antarctica, the expedition hut of Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton remains preserved as it has for 100 years. With the help of abandoned swimming pools, mosquitoes thrive and rapidly reproduced. Lakes and rivers all over Arizona completely dry up, killing everything that once lived there. In Washington, D.C., half a year of weather have left the American flag on the Marine Corps War Memorial tattered, frayed and just barely hanging on to the statue, soon a strong gust of wind blows it away.
9 months In Boston, the U.S.S. Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship, is still afloat, but the automatic bilge pumps have stopped working when the power died causing the ship to fill with water that will sink it within the year.
1 year Plants have taken over, turning manicured lawns into overgrown fields. Weeds grow in cracks in the roads, eventually forming a layer of nutrient-poor topsoil where clover fields take root. Plants and ivy take root in stone and masonry work, and begin to damage the foundations of buildings. Wild animals will have found shelter in the abandoned cities. Sparked by lightning storms, many wild fires will go unchecked without people to fight them. These fires can burn down entire towns and damage cities such as Chicago, San Francisco and Rome. The charred rubble provides the nitrogen that plants need to grow, and plant life consumes the ruins. At the Hoover Dam, a mollusk called the Quagga mussel begins to clog the pipelines feeding cooling water to the generators and they shut down. As a result, Las Vegas goes dark. Without the generators running, no water passes through Hoover Dam, and eventually the Colorado River will run dry. Meanwhile, the waters rise in Lake Mead and eventually spill over the dam. The ivy at Wrigley Field in Chicago begins to grow out of control. In New York City, the ice rink at Rockefeller Center Plaza becomes a garden. The gold skin of the Prometheus statue is stripped away over the years exposing the bronze beneath. Plants begin to grow in the multiplying cracks over the highways of Los Angeles. The last survivor of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, a rare white alligator dies. In Dubai, along the Persian Gulf, humid air ravages the Burj Al Arab hotel with mold and bacteria. Burmese Pythons, once escaped pets, begin an invasion in the Florida Everglades, growing so large they compete with alligators. The rat population in the abandoned ship in the Atlantic Ocean is thriving living off the ship’s supply of wheat. During the winter, water pipes in houses freeze and burst, this causes extensive damage to the homes in the spring when the ice thaws and melts. Carpenter ants, termites and mold begin to colonize the abandoned houses. The Asian carp have been stopped from entering the Great Lakes due to the lock gates in Chicago that separate the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. In Palm Springs, the wind turbines are destroyed by high winds when their emergency brakes fail. As a result, the city loses power and begins to be reclaimed by the desert. At Andrews Air Force Base, Air Force One has begun to rust and plants have started to take over the tarmac. The Naica Mine has completely flooded with water but the gypsum crystals inside the mine continue to grow, without people to remove them they could grow to up to 30 meters long. Prairie dogs had lost 98% of their former population due to overhunting, now, with no people to kill them as pests, prairie dogs have begun to make a comeback. Tropical and subtropical rainforests recover at an incredible rate, deforested areas have been reclaimed by nature. In Brazil, the Atlantic Forest has begun to expand into São Paulo, grass has started to grow through Paulista Avenue, vines now cover the buildings and the city is slowly reverting back to a tropical forest. In Mexico, the former Lake Texcoco begins to revive after years of diverting its waters away from Mexico City, soon 70% of Mexico City will be flooded.
2 years The wires holding the trolleys in San Francisco rust and snap, sending the Cable Cars careening out of control all over the city. Across the bay, the weakened ropes holding a 50,000 ton ship snap sending it adrift on a collision course with a bridge that will sink it. All produce on grocery stores' shelves has by now been eaten away or decomposed, pests that evolved to live off of human produce now go extinct. In the Atlantic Ocean, the rats inside the cargo ship have used up the ship’s supply of wheat and succumb to starvation and cannibalism. The rats’ dead bodies help feed starving seagulls. The last igloo in the Arctic evaporates. The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park outside of St. George's, Grenada has begun to be invaded by coral. Plants and wild grasses have overrun the crops that once supported humanity. The seeds that remain within storage silos begin to ferment in a dangerous manner, causing fires and explosions. Two years of uncontrolled replenishment has refilled Lake Texcoco which Mexico City was built upon. The buildings of Mexico City begin to degrade and be at risk of falling due to the softening of their foundations by flooding.
3 years The International Space Station loses altitude and falls to Earth (crashing into a nearby city), destroying the Immortality Drive with it. The wind powered Ricoh sign in Times Square finally goes dark when the light bulbs burn out. Horses go wild and thrive on America's grassland. Those used by the NYPD and to pull carriages leave the city and may roam to the grassy beaches of Long Island. The last watch battery on earth finally runs out of power. In Sacramento, the levees fail due to lack of maintenance and the city floods with water. In Chicago, the Chicago Harbor Lock finally fails and the Asian carp begin colonizing the Great Lakes. Without human farmers intruding on their habitat, Rocky Mountain locusts begin to make a comeback.
4 years Sea lampreys now prey upon the Asian carp that have colonized the Great Lakes. In Australia, corrosion is threatening to seize up the hinges that allow the Sydney Harbour Bridge to expand and contract. The reservoir of the NORAD operations facility has begun to leak due to a lack of maintenance.
5 years Most roadways begin to disappear under a carpet of grass. In London, Buckingham Palace is breached by vines and moss. Red Square in Moscow turns green as it is overtaken by plant life. If they had escaped, it is possible that some zoo animals from exotic areas such as Asia or Africa such as lions, tigers, elephants and rhinos may still survive in the wild if they migrated to the southern climate of the United States. Weeds transform the historic streets of Boston. The walls and stands of Wrigley Field are now covered in ivy and thick buckthorn while shrubbery takes over the ball field. In New York City, the great lawns of Central Park sprout sapling trees. Before long, it will become a spreading forest. The monuments of Washington D.C. are swallowed by greenery. In Miami, escaped chimpanzees follow flocks of birds into downtown apartment buildings to eat their eggs. One intelligent chimp realizes that they need to let some of the eggs survive to extend the food supply. Every casino in Atlantic City has become a potential bat cave as the animals move in. Taipei 101 survives a typhoon thanks to its mass damper system. The degraded circuitry on Air Force One fails and deploys the plane’s false target flares, causing the plant growth underneath the plane to catch fire. The conflagration soon reaches the plane’s fuel tanks, causing them to explode and destroy Air Force One. In New Mexico, a steady flow of toxins continues to flow into the Carlsbad Caverns from the cars that have been abandoned on the cave’s parking lot. Skyscrapers in Chile become home to birds of prey. Hotels near the Brazilian coast begin to be degraded by the tide.
6 years In California, the Geysers geothermal power plant explodes when water touches the magma underneath the power plant causing a huge amount of superheated steam to overwhelm the power plant’s corroded pipes.
8 years The mission of the Cassini Probe ends, but without any people to operate its descent into Saturn’s atmosphere, the probe continues to orbit the gas giant. After escaping the White House, Bo’s natural instincts as a water dog have taken effect and he now lives of a steady diet of fish, shellfish and clams.
10 years The Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) is slowly deteriorating. Forest fires spread out of control and parts of Los Angeles burn to the ground – including the interior of the U.S. Bank Tower, the plant life in between the fireproof stainless steel panels of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and the latex paint of the Hollywood Sign. At Independence Hall, broken windows allow sunlight to beam down on the Declaration of Independence. Protected from the elements in it's airtight case, the light will cause the letters to fade away over time. Massive sandstorms called haboobs run rampant over Phoenix. In France, "Lascaux II", a plaster replica of the prehistoric Lascaux Cave crumbles away, but the original cave remains on. The last voices of man fall silent as the solar panels at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve Museum fail. In Dubai, the cables supporting one of the Burj Khalifa’s window washing buckets snap due to corrosion and the massive bucket falls 2,000 feet to the desert floor below. In New York City, the methane that has been seeping into the MetLife Building from the flooded subway tunnels finally ignites and results in a large explosion. In Los Angeles, the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier finally goes dark. Outside of Sacramento, the Folsom Dam collapses due to excess water pressure; the massive amount of water released during the dam’s failure destroys the suburbs of Sacramento. In Atlanta, kudzu now covers Oglethorpe University but the Crypt of Civilization is still safe underground.
15 years In Atlantic City, the deteriorating structure known as Lucy the Elephant is on its last legs and soon a bad storm knocks it down. In Hawaii, the lines holding the U.S.S. Missouri to the docks succumb to corrosion and decay. The warship, now free of its moorings, floats away but only gets so far when it bottoms out in the mud. In Los Angeles, a wildfire destroys the glass paneling of the Stahl House but leaves the steel frame and the concrete foundation unharmed. In Taos, New Mexico, the KTAO radio station finally falls silent when the computer controlling the station overheats.
20 years Houston turns back to a swamp and the Astrodome becomes an enormous bat cave where insects and fungi also thrive. Miami begins to look like a subtropical jungle as invasive plants like Brazilian Pepper and Lygodium begin taking over habitats. At the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, the hundreds of stored military aircraft begin to decay once their protective tarps open and coatings peel and off in the wind. Birds build nests in the exposed engine intakes and cowlings. The 7,000 foot long seawall protecting downtown Seattle from the Pacific Ocean gives way, turning the city back into a saltwater marsh. In Southern California, the nearly all-glass Crystal Cathedral becomes a greenhouse as plant life invades the interior. Meanwhile the concrete Jubilee Church in Rome remains untouched by nature because of a protective coating. The International Railway Bridge on the Niagara River collapses and ships can now drift towards the Niagara Falls. A forest fire in Pennsylvania advances on a fireworks factory, the factory explodes in a spectacular display but with no people around to witness the event. Most domesticated reindeer have been devoured by bears and wolves, those that survive mate with wild caribou, erasing any traces left of domestication. In Washington D.C., the White House’s white paint has been weathered away and the house now appears grey. Outside of Mexico City, plant life has invaded the ruins of Teotihuacan without humans to maintain the site, completely covering the Avenue of the Dead, hiding it once again, eventually the entire site will disappear under plant growth. The Cassini Probe crashes into Enceladus, a moon of Saturn.
25 years Concrete structures begin to crack and crumble, pried apart by freeze and thaw cycles, as well as invading vegetation. Without people to maintain levees, low lying cities such as Amsterdam and London will have flooded. As their metal frames corrode from rust, windows crack and fall from buildings, exposing the interiors to the elements. Birds can now take up residence inside these structures. The copper lightning rods on top of skyscrapers will have corroded, and a lightning strike could turn a building into a towering inferno. In cities, gutted buildings provide pigeons a new home. Cockroaches still survive after people, now thriving on rotting paper and cardboard. With no humans to control their numbers, the wolf population has exploded, and they follow the deer herds into formerly populated areas. Without road traffic, most wild life migration routes are restored and predators such as bears expand their feeding grounds. In museums, without functioning environmental systems to preserve them, insects and fungi ravage the Egyptian mummies. The same fate happens to the embalmed body of Lenin. Soon nothing is left but dust and bones. Without people to maintain levees, low lying cities such as London will have flooded. At the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, K-129, a nuclear Russian submarine, lies intact, but water pressure and corrosion develops cracks in the casings of its payload of nuclear warheads and they explode when chemicals inside make contact with seawater. The explosions however, are not powerful enough to detonate the submarine itself. And snack cakes such as Twinkies may remain edible for 25 years.
30 years By now, most of the world's dairy cows have died out. Those that figured out how to mate have managed to preserve the species and the process of evolution starts taking them back to the wild. Flooded and overrun by vegetation, New Orleans is in shambles. Most semblances of a prepared meal have long disappeared, but some foods are still edible. Freeze-dried goods could remain edible for 50 to 100 years, canned food could remain edible for hundreds of years if the cans are not compromised by moisture and humidity, while fruitcake could last for over 130 years. However, the structures of the grocery stores that house these products have badly deteriorated over the past 30 years and they begin to collapse. In the American Midwest, the population of the Rocky Mountain locusts has returned to its former density and, for the first time in over a century, the locusts swarm.
35 years Without humans caring for the land and fortifying the beaches, Long Island's low-lying areas become flooded. In Boston, the steeple of the Old North Church collapses.
40 years Small wood structures, such as houses, crumble away as they are attacked by mold and termite infestations. Although they can stand for years, stone and masonry deteriorates quickly when exposed to salts, such as from bird droppings or exposure to seawater. With no one left to repair them, minor leaks in earthen dams, such as the Trinity Dam in California, will get worse and eventually cause them to break.
50 years Former domestic parrots still retain human speech. Without vigilant maintenance, the steel cables of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco have been weakened by corrosion and the structures threaten to collapse. Most buildings in Atlanta, such as the Coca-Cola Building and the Georgia Dome, are brought down by invasive kudzu. In Chicago, Wrigley Field is almost unrecognizable under a heap of overgrown vegetation and shrubs. In Seattle, the Space Needle has corroded and the windows have blown out. In Los Angeles, a 8.0 magnitude earthquake collapses the top floors of the U.S. Bank Tower. The quake also topples the Los Angeles City Hall once the foundation shock absorbers fail to steady the structure. The metal letters of the Hollywood Sign are finally brought down by the quake. Ravaged by pyrite disease, dinosaur skeletons in museums across the globe begin to fall apart. In New York City, the gargoyle statues of the Chrysler Building fall to the ground after corrosion loosens their mounts. By now, the plant seeds frozen in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will have died. Smashed by waves, Atlantic City's Steel Pier is now just a skeleton of its former self. In San Antonio, the Tower Life Building leans to such an extremity that it topples. In the Gulf of Mexico, only one oil platform remains after 50 years of hurricanes, it is soon toppled by a large wave. Mold and metal corrosion finally collapses the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. In orbit, uncontrolled artificial satellites begin colliding into each other. Chlorine tanks, weakened from fifty years of corrosion, fail and send their gas into the surrounding environment. Many animals die of suffocation. Some of the chlorine also seeps into lakes and turns the lakes into deadly acid. Lions that escaped the San Diego Wild Animal Park have become top predators in the California plains. In Los Angeles, after half a century of corrosion (and a sudden storm wave) all that remains of the Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier is its A-frame. In the National Air and Space Museum at Washington DC, the Spirit of St. Louis takes its final flight when its corroded and chaffed support chains fail. In North Dakota, the KVLY-TV mast collapses during an ice storm when ice from the freezing rain becomes too heavy for the structure to handle. In New Mexico, the steady stream of toxins flowing into the Carlsbad Caverns from the abandoned cars has finally abated and bats begin to repopulate the caverns. In China, the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City collapses after a heavy snowfall due to rotting wood and termite damage. In France, the Palace of Versailles has become a shell of its former self, plant life has invaded the interior, most of the roof has collapsed and the mirrors in the Hall of Mirrors are broken.
60 years In Milan, Leonardo Da Vinci’s mural of The Last Supper is destroyed by mold and dust. In Los Angeles, corrosion caused by rainwater causes Randy's Donuts to collapse. On the Niagara River, a lake freighter has become free of its moorings and tumbles over the edge of the Niagara Falls.
70 years In Shanghai, flooding in the city weakens the foundation of the Oriental Pearl Tower and causes the tower to collapse. At Pearl Harbor, the U.S.S. Missouri is now covered in green as seeds dropped by birds have caused vegetation to grow all over the wooden deck.
75 years By now, most of the roughly 600 million automobiles in the world, even in the most forgiving of environments, will have rusted away to barely recognizable skeletal heaps. The tires will have deflated within a few years after people, but the synthetic rubber and plastic components (that make them up) will last for centuries. The supports under the sky bridge of the Petronas Towers buckle because of corrosion, and it collapses. In Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell falls to the ground and cracks completely in half. The former village stray dogs have now evolved back into the wild predators they were before domestication but their population however, has dwindled. With no people left to cull their numbers, rattlesnakes now grow up to nine feet long and have become an apex predator. In Australia, the Sydney Opera House collapses after 75 years of saltwater damage and sinks to the bottom of the harbor. The weakened glass and corroded steel structure of the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County gives out and it collapses. In Los Angeles, the Stahl House falls off its cliff face and shatters on the ground, with the Sunset Strip below. In Mexico City, the softening of its foundation and a small earthquake leads to the collapse of the World Trade Center Mexico City. In Argentina, the Obelisk of Buenos Aires collapses due to water damage at its base. Rheas that have returned to Buenos Aires witness the obelisk’s collapse. In Mexico City, the Angel of Independence still rises out of the lake that Mexico City has become, but 75 years of water damage has weakened the base of the pillar and it topples into the water below. With the submerging of the Itaipu Dam, the Parana River has now overcome all the dams ever built on it.
100 years Within a controlled environment of a preservation vault, materials such as paper and film can last 200 to 300 years, but once exposed to moisture and unregulated temperatures, they will have deteriorated away in half the time. In a humid environment, most books will have been eaten away by mold. Digital media such as CDs and DVDs will take longer to degrade, but ironically, they will not last nearly as long as the information once recorded by primitive cultures on clay tablets. The Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge (as well as the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge) finally collapse when their rusted cables snap and can no longer support the weight of the road deck. Another bridge, The San Roque González de Santa Cruz Bridge succumbs to corrosion and collapses. Big Ben, the Houston Astrodome and the Chicago 'L' all collapse. Washington D.C. reverts back into a swamp where beavers thrive damming up the Potomac River. In Los Angeles, some areas of the (former) highways collect rainwater forming small lakes and ponds that attract wildlife during their migrations. In New York City, the Roosevelt Island Tramway collapses. Without humans there to constantly rebuild the beaches of Miami, once luxurious beachfront hotels are completely overrun by the ocean water. The Blue and Green Diamond Towers collapse into each other and the Seven Mile Bridge falls apart. In Phoenix, many of the buildings, such as the Chase Tower, collapse from the weight of mud and sand that have collected after decades of sand storms and monsoon rains. Dry areas in the Florida Everglades are flooded when sailfin catfish destroy man-made dykes. At Cape Canaveral, the Kennedy Space Center is destroyed by hurricanes. At the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is eaten away by death watch beetles. In Las Vegas, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign is faded away by windblown sand and the Luxor Hotel Pyramid is now in ruins. The roadway of the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario falls into the Detroit River. In Turin, the Shroud of Turin is exposed to the elements when the roof of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist collapses. Mold and humidity consume the cloth and the image of Christ on the shroud becomes unrecognizable. With its hinges seized and its structure weakened from a century of corrosion, the Sydney Harbour Bridge finally collapses into the harbor. In New York City, the Hutchinson River has reclaimed the former marshland that Co-Op City was built on and the buildings there begin to collapse into the water below. At Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, sand inside the Silver Bullet Roller Coaster leads to its collapse. The Pan American Highway is now in ruins, and nothing remains but the remains of cars and concrete that were abandoned a century ago. The descendants of zoo animals now populate their sites of origin. In Rio de Janeiro, the head and arms of the Christ the Redeemer statue are now covered in vines, creating a carpet of green on the statue.
110 years Ocean waters have transformed sunken oil rigs into brand new underwater ecosystems.
120 years Palm Springs has been completely consumed by the desert and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway suffers catastrophic failure and collapses in a domino effect.
125 years In Moscow, after 125 years of fighting water damage and corrosion, St. Basil's Cathedral finally collapses to the ground. The LAX Control Tower at Los Angeles International Airport collapses during an earthquake but the Theme Building survives thanks to its mass damper.
150 years In major cities, the support columns of flooded subway tunnels fail, causing cave-ins and collapsing sections of the streets above. Vines have climbed up and into the gutted buildings where pools of water collect. Plants now grow throughout the floors, forming vertical ecosystems. Birds, rodents and snakes have moved in, followed by the descendants of house cats who find all they need to survive in one place. After generations of breeding with wolves, domestic dogs have returned to their pack hunting nature. Without the interference of man, the oceans recover from pollution and populations of sea life will have exploded. Seagulls, once dependent on human refuse for survival, would have a large die off decades ago, but the birds make a comeback once the fish populations return. In Boston, the John Hancock Tower collapses and eventually disappears under the lush gardens that have overrun the city. Elephants' herds roam free in the American West, filling the ecological niches that mammoths and mastodons left vacant at the end of the last ice age. In many cities, skyscrapers have become high-rise ecosystems, with house cats as the apex predators. Detroit's Renaissance Center shatters and collapses after decades of extreme weather. The levees in New Orleans finally give way after 150 years of being gnawed at by local animals, and the city floods with saltwater. In the Great Plains of North America, prairie dogs have made a huge comeback, returning to population levels not seen since the late 1700’s. The prairie dog’s main predator, the once endangered Black-footed ferret, has also made a comeback now that the prairie dogs have returned. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum collapses during an earthquake, but the ancient Colosseum in Rome will remain standing for centuries more. In New York City, the MetLife Building collapses, destroying the interior of Grand Central Terminal along with it, although the building's four walls will last for decades more. In Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello is nearing the verge of collapse after 150 years of moisture damage. In London, the floors of the Gherkin fail and pancake down on each other but the unique shape of the building saves its frame from collapse. The Science Museum in London collapses, covering up the prototype of the 10,000 Year Clock in the process. In São Paulo, the Copan Building finally falls and collapses. In Santiago, the highly degraded and plant covered Titanium La Portada finally gives up the fight to corrosion and collapses. In Mexico City, an earthquake collapses the Torre Mayor.
175 years Plant and animal life has now completely returned to the former dead zones around nuclear power plants and the power plants themselves collapse. In Washington D.C., the White House collapses after over a century of water damage to its sandstone structure. In Los Angeles, the Capitol Records Building folds into itself but the concrete echo chambers underneath the building will continue to last for a very long time. In New York City, the buildings of the United Nations Headquarters are in dire straits; finally the General Assembly Building falls out of the skyline along with the Secretariat Building following shortly after. At Ulysses S. Grant's Tomb, the entombed body of Ulysses S. Grant is now buried under six feet of humus.
200 years In the midst of the "Era of Collapses", many of man's greatest structures, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Tower Bridge in London will have fallen. Once their iron structures succumb to corrosion, a strong wind would be enough to cause them to collapse. In Houston, the JPMorgan Chase Tower finally collapses. The same thing happens to most tall structures in Chicago, such as the Willis Tower. With the collapse of the apartment buildings in Miami, the inhabiting chimpanzees have moved to the Everglades. What they have learned over the last 200 years could give them the building blocks they need to create a new civilization. The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign falls flat on the ground. In San Francisco, only the skeletal towers of the Golden Gate Bridge remain after the road deck collapses. The Grand Canyon Skywalk breaks away from its mountings and falls into the canyon. In New York City, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building finally collapse. In Denver the Wells Fargo Center collapses under the weight and corrosion caused by 200 years of snowfalls. Outside of Denver on the Colorado prairie, the descendants of domestic cattle have carved out a new way of life. Bison, however, dominate the landscape once again. In Seattle, the Space Needle, weakened from 200 years of corrosion, collapses. In San Simeon, an earthquake topples the Hearst Castle. Zebras descended from the Hearst Castle’s private zoo’s zebras still survive on the California plains and are hunted by cougars. In Taipei, the Taipei 101 collapses when its tuned mass damper fails and freefalls through the building. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline collapses during an earthquake but the remains of the pipeline could last for over 2000 years due to the low rate of corrosion in Alaska. Jesuit temples that were built in Paraguay in the seventeenth century have survived better than many modern buildings. One of the arms of the Christ the Redeemer statue falls.
250 years In Chicago, the John Hancock Center finally collapses but outlives the more massive Willis Tower. In Washington D.C, the weight of the Statue of Freedom on top of the United States Capitol Building collapses the corroded iron dome. By now, the United States Constitution has faded away inside the crumbled rotunda of the National Archives and Records Administration. In St. Louis, the Gateway Arch falls when the keystone buckles and finally gives way. In San Antonio, encroaching oak trees lead to the Alamo's collapse. In Hawaii, water has penetrated the hull of the U.S.S. Missouri. It floods and begins to sink deeper into the mud of the harbor bottom. It could last as long as 20,000 years, but eventually the warship will become an underwater reef teaming with sea life. In Rio de Janeiro, a strong wind topples the weakened Christ the Redeemer Statue. The Italy Building collapses in São Paulo. In Dubai, metal corrosion caused by humidity has devastated the Burj Khalifa and finally the winds of a massive desert sandstorm cause the world’s tallest building to collapse.
300 years In New York City, the Statue of Liberty breaks in pieces and sinks into the New York Harbor. In Las Vegas, the Stratosphere Tower collapses during an earthquake. A Category 4 huricane causes the collapse of One Shell Square in New Orleans. The rabies outbreak finally reverts to natural levels. Philadelphia is now a forest, but the Liberty Bell still remains proudly within its protective walls. 100 yards away, the Declaration of Independence lies in the rubble of Independence Hall. Heat and light have left the paper brittle and a blast of air penetrates the worn case causing the fragile document to disintegrate. In London, the Gherkin has been reduced to a steel skeleton for 150 years, finally a strong wind causes the corroded structure to collapse. In Butler, Pennsylvania, the photographs stored inside the Corbis Archive have become completely unrecognizable. The Chesapeake Bay now covers Annapolis, flooding the Tomb of John Paul Jones.
500 years By now, most reinforced concrete structures will crumble away once the iron rebar supports inside them succumb to moisture and the expansion of rust bursts them apart. Without humans to maintain them, it is believed that long standing ancient structures, like the Sphinx at Giza, will have eroded away within 500 to 1000 years. Though Michelangelo's frescos are still recognizable after so many centuries, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel collapses, bringing down the entire building. In Georgia, The Confederate Memorial on Stone Mountain outside Atlanta, and the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. may stand as the sole evidence of those city's locations. On the other side of the Earth, the Petronas Towers finally collapse after five centuries of tropical sun and moisture. In Rome, the dome of St. Peter's Basilica collapses after the weakening of its steel support chains. In Washington D.C. the dome of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress collapses. The Marine Corps War Memorial remains recognizable, though it is now covered in swamp vegetation. São Paulo has been overtaken by the rainforest and is now unrecognizable. Rio de Janeiro is hardly the same: the Atlantic Forest has invaded the city and its magnificent buildings have fallen. Buenos Aires has been consumed partly by the waters of the Río de la Plata, and partly by vegetation. Mexico City, the second-largest city in the world in time of humans, is now unrecognizable, Lake Texcoco has returned, and the city is gone forever.
600 years The rest of the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles finally collapses after a moderate earthquake.
1,000 years Almost all traces of human culture and civilization are buried beneath vegetation and sand. The Earth itself will have buried all of man's cities. The ruins of New York City have been swallowed by nature. New York City may look as it did when it was first explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. Skyscrapers are canyons, rivers flow where taxicabs once drove. The Taj Mahal in Agra collapses after a fairly large earthquake, and rising sea levels flood the area where Washington D.C. once stood, leaving a highly degraded, but still erect Washington Monument emerging over the waves. After ten centuries without people, Las Vegas has completely been buried. Meanwhile, on the Moon, the three Lunar Roving Vehicles left behind from the Apollo 15 through Apollo 17 missions will remain in near-mint condition barring degradation or destruction from meteor impacts. New Orleans is now completely under water. The cities famous above ground cemeteries, or "cities of the dead," are also underwater, undergound. The tombs fill with water and mud, fossilizing the remains of the dead. The Colosseum in Rome collapses during an earthquake but outlives any of Rome’s modern-day structures. Anatolian Sheep Dogs have avoided crossbreeding with other dogs and still protect their flocks from predators. Of the coast of Grenada, the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park has become a coral reef, exactly as its creator had intended. Latin America is now completely unrecognizable. The statue of El Caballito in Mexico City survives below the waters of Lake Texcoco but the Popocatepetl volcano erupts and destroys what remains of Mexico City, including the statue.
1,500 years At the Niagara Falls, the American Falls have run dry after the Canadian Falls have eroded upstream of Goat Island.
2,000 years As it was after the ice age, Phoenix again becomes a vast savanna. Dolphins still remember their encounters with humans. And because it is basically held together by gravity, the medieval Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris may still stand and be recognizable.
4,000 years Honey preserved in glass jars still remains edible and will be mankind’s last surviving foodstuff. The NORAD base remains recognizable.
5,000 years The Confederate Memorial, carved on Stone Mountain in Atlanta, is one of few indications that man ever inhabited the area. Most of what man has built has long eroded or been destroyed. At the base of Mount Everest, glacial ice thaws revealing a long dead mountain climber but bacteria soon decomposes what could be the last human corpse on the planet.
6,103 years (AKA 8113) In Atlanta, the walls of the Crypt of Civilization have been cracked and breached and moisture and mold has decimated the artifacts inside.
10,000 years Almost all traces of human civilization have been buried under sand and vegetation. By now, little evidence is left of mankind. Even our radio and television signals that were beamed into space, and once thought to traverse for hundreds of light years, will have faded to unrecognizable static at close to two light years and not even reach our closest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri. The Great Wall of China in Beijing will have aged like a mountain as it decays very slowly over the centuries. The Pyramids of Giza remain, but will have stood long enough to be swallowed up by the Sahara Desert's sands. Hoover Dam remains to be the last of the great collapses. Mount Rushmore in Rapid City will be one of the last symbols of man. Carved from granite, it will remain visible for millennia, possibly to be viewed by man's replacements, which may be chimpanzees if they evolve to take up the mantle of civilization. Descendants of escaped New York City horses roam the beaches. Because of the lack of nutrients available, they have evolved to be much smaller than their ancestors. Buried underground, the vault of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City, still holds $200 billion of gold bars intact. In New Orleans, plastic and glass Mardi Gras beads can still be found buried under soil and vegetation. Descendants of house cats still survive in the wild but have evolved to be larger than their ancestors in order to help them catch larger prey.
20,000 years The final seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault die. Atlantic City is now surrounded by an inland forest.
50,000 years The KEO Satellite, a space time capsule carrying messages from the citizens of present Earth to humanity 50,000 years from now, finally falls back to Earth. But without people to reclaim the satellite, it sinks to the bottom of the ocean, lost and forgotten.
1,000,000 years The Golden Records aboard the Voyager Probes are damaged beyond recognition after centuries of collisions with dust and space debris. A new species of camelid, descending from escaped camels from a ranch near Las Vegas, evolves in the plains to resemble the guanaco with the low lying vegetation created by the new ice ages.
2,000,000 years Bacterial life is thriving on Enceladus, brought to the Saturnian moon from the Cassini Probe, more complex lifeforms will evolve and will eventually terraform the moon.
10,000,000 years San Francisco has completely buried. The fossilized corpses of New Orleans are a mile and a half underground. Pressure and heat have transformed the soft tissue that remained into oil. The bones themselves will fossilize.
50,000,000 years Buried under layers of sediment, various human artifacts made of plastics still survive. Plastic goods will be the last objects produced by humanity still identifiable.
100,000,000 years All that will remain from the existence of human beings are our fossilized bones, and fragments of the structures.