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Solar storms warning puts world on alert

Posted on Monday, 6 August, 2012 | Comment icon 40 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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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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Comment icon #31 Posted by felines3 on 7 August, 2012, 14:33
Cool
Comment icon #32 Posted by The_Spartan on 7 August, 2012, 17:34
Doubt it, the Indian power grid did not hold pace with the development of the country. Happens when politicians (as most power generation there is government controlled) just keep adding power consuming infrastructure and no new power lines and generators. I know. In the past, in the 80s and 90s power cascading failures was common. A power cascade failure itself is what had happened in Northern India. Some states drew more power than was allowed which collapsed one grid, which in turn collapsed another grid and so on. I work in the power field. When i worked in India, We used to be called in t... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by 747400 on 7 August, 2012, 17:42
These things always sound to be a bit like Mercury retrograde; they always say that it will lead to Dramatic things, and they either rarely do, or if anything does go on the blink, it's handy all-purpose explanation. "Not our fault, it's Solar storms, dontchaknow."
Comment icon #34 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 7 August, 2012, 22:07
So does this mean that you have to wear a radiation suit if you live near the hole in the ozone layer. ?
Comment icon #35 Posted by csspwns on 9 August, 2012, 2:04
i hope it doesnt happen or else i cant play games
Comment icon #36 Posted by justcalmebubba on 14 August, 2012, 20:19
so outside one can expect to see more hot dogs an burnt marshmellows in the near futur?
Comment icon #37 Posted by Kartel123 on 15 August, 2012, 14:54
Sometimes we can choose the paths that we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all http://2012world-ends.com
Comment icon #38 Posted by Ryegrog on 18 August, 2012, 3:15
i hope it doesnt happen or else i cant play games Yeah, it would be like a smoker without his/her cigs.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Karlis on 19 August, 2012, 14:32
Though "pitched" as a scare-article, there is quite a bit of detailed information in this article, plus videos: -=-=-=- Scientists Warn of Possible Apocalypse from Solar Storms ... solar storms could be a serious threat to mankind around 2012 as the sun moves into an active period called solar maximum. ... could destroy some 300 or more transformers here on earth costing trillions and possibly killing millions in the process. The solar maximum period of the sun is expected to reach its peak in 2013 and experts say there is about a 12 percent chance of a solar superstorm wreaking havoc here on ... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Grubble on 21 August, 2012, 12:42
Time to buy a few more supplies I guess


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