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originally posted by: AutumnWitch657
Why would it take years to rebuild? We don't have to discover the technology all over again. We already know how this all works. It will only take manpower. That whole Schick about going back to the stone age makes no sense in any light. People lived without electricity as little as 100 years ago and they were still technologically way more advanced than the stone age. It's not like everyone is going to forget how to build an electrical grid or how to wire a house. We won't have to start with zero knowledge about electrical power. But I guess it sells books and garners clicks on the internet so it's all good. Shakes head.
Also only the portion of earth actually facing the sun when it hit would be affected not the whole planet. reply to: DantesPeak
Oh come on. Everyone of us has lived through some form of power outage.
Today, we depend much more heavily upon electronics and electricity than we did in 1859. If a similar solar superstorm were to hit us now, we'd be in trouble. The magnetic forces would induce electricity in any large conductor. That includes power transformers and the power grid itself.
That's not the end of the bad news. The power grid in North America operates at near capacity. It wouldn't be able to handle the increased electrical load from a solar superstorm. Power lines could sag and even snap as a result. Massive power outages could affect much of the continent. The magnetic fluctuations would interfere with radio signals, and communication and satellite systems would collapse as well.
It could take weeks or months to repair the damage. During that time, people would have no way to find out what was going on. Emergency services would face serious challenges. While the magnetic fields would probably not short out individual electronics devices like cell phones or computers, communications systems could fail regionally. In other words, small devices would still work but would lack the services they require to be useful.
PS No cook worth their salt would bake a cake in a microwave. Yuck...
Grocery stores would get the gas they need local governments would Make sure of it. Hospitals and police stations would get gas too.