King John Casimir, betrayed and abandoned by his own subjects, fled .to Silesia, and profiting by the cataclysm which, for the moment, had swept the Polish state out of existence, the Muscovites, unopposed, quickly appropriated nearly everything which was not already occupied by the Swedes.
Poland had, in fact, emerged from the cataclysm of1648-1667a moribund state, though her not unskilful diplomacy had enabled her for a time to save appearances.
The cataclysm of the French Revolution interrupted his studies.
The constitution of the worn-out republic of the United Netherlands work smoothly, and in all probability it would have been within a very short time replaced by an hereditary monarchy, had not the cataclysm of the French Revolution swept it away from its path, never to be revived.
It was the beginning of that policy of " stability " associated later with Metternich, which was to last till the cataclysm of 1848.
The most important of all the symptoms of the approaching cataclysm was, however, the growing unrest among the peasants.
Cataclysm and special creation here as, elsewhere give way to evolution.
Yes, a comet slamming into the planet or some galactic cataclysm could wipe us all out.
Other than cataclysm, asymmetrical attack, or government gone wild, we have little to worry about.