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Scientists Warn: Heightened Risk that a “Whopping Solar Storm Could Knock Out the Power Grids, Satellites and Communications”

The delicate threads that hold modern life together are dramatically cut by an unexpected threat from outer space, with disastrous effects. It’s the stuff of science fiction usually associated with tales of rogue asteroids on a collision course with earth.

Giant Sunspot Fires Two Solar Flares Toward Earth

An active region on the sun, numbered AR 1504, rotated into view over the left side of the sun on June 10, 2012. The region fired off two M-class flares and two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) on June 13 and June 14, 2012. The first flare lasted for a relatively long three hours, peaking on June 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM EDT. The associated CME traveled at approximately 375 miles per second and is directed toward Earth, though due to its slow speed, the effect on Earth is expected to be minimal.

Massive Solar Eruption

This past Sunday evening, a huge blast of plasma was shot from the surface of the sun. This has led to the strongest radiation storm to hit the planet earth since 2005. You can read the details here. This is one scenario we prepare for. It would take a good sized solar blast to create an EMP effect. They are warning that certain flight paths will be rerouted as a result of this storm. So it makes one think about the effects this has on people and the rest of the planet. What do you think? If you wake up one morning and nothing is working. Car won’t...