Survival pods made by farmer Liu Qiyuana are airtight spheres with varying interiors contain oxygen tanks and seatbelts with space for around 14 people, and are designed to remain upright when in water. Photo: AFP

In China, panic buyers prepare for the end of the world

Candles are suddenly a hot commodity in Longchang county, Neijiang city.

Panic buyers seeking candles and matches have been flowing into Luo Huanlin's small grocery near the county government headquarters ever since a rumour began circulating that a three-day blackout would strike on December 21, the date on which some people believe the world will end.