A peak in the Sun's 10-year activity cycle could put the Earth at risk from disruptive solar storms.
Power grids, satellites and communications systems could all be at risk, prompting world governments to take precautions in case the worst does happen. While such events are rare, solar storms are becoming increasingly prominent on national risk registers alongside tsunamis and volcanoes. The last major solar storm to hit us occurred 150 years ago with a 12% risk every ten years.
Even smaller storms can cause problems - in 1989 a solar storm was blamed for knocking out power in Quebec which resulted in a blackout for several million people lasting nine hours.
"Power grids, communications and satellites could be knocked out by a massive solar storm in the next two years, scientists warn."
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Source: Sky News
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