Leading up to the pole shift in the year 2003 [Note: see 2003 Date explanation], human society will be forced to deal with the pole shift precursors, some of which will be devastating. Earthquakes will increase in frequency and strength, volcanoes will continue to spring to life with little warning, and the weather will become ever more erratic with intractable droughts followed by endless deluges. Beyond that, there will not be any particular occurrences on any particular date, nor will any particular region be unduly affected. An alarmed populace, seeing the crescendo, will increasingly attempt to explain the situation, and to alleviate their anxiety and gain control of the situation by forecasting occurrences based on the explanation. The planets are lining up, global warming has the weather in a tizzy, the Sun is going through a violent sunspot cycle - any explanation is preferable to the real explanation, which is too horrific to entertain.