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A solar flare is a light-speed traveling burst of x-rays and energy, while a coronal mass ejection (CME) is a giant cloud of particles emitted from the Sun. Both can affect the Earth in different ways and sometimes they happen together.
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
Not to mention that we'd have Fukushima level events happening everywhere there is a nuclear power plant.
If there is no power to run the cooling pumps, boom!
Anywhere near, or down wind, one of these places would not be where you wanted to stay:
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: stormcell
It did? No it didnt..at least for the 48 contiguous states. Don't get me wrong Carrington events happen...but no...I was alive and kicking as an adult and no cme or some such dropped the USA and Canada's power...come on
On March 10, 1989, a CME about the size of 36 Earths erupted from the sun's roiling surface and ripped through space at a million miles (1.6 million kilometers) per hour. Two days later, the torrid gas cloud crashed against Earth's magnetosphere—the magnetic field generated by the planet's spinning molten iron core that helps deflect the solar wind and more potent solar jetsam. This blast from the sun severely disrupted the magnetosphere and set off a geomagnetic superstorm.
...many researchers have started calling the ongoing peak a "Mini-Max."
...Pesnell believes that "Solar Cycle 24, such as it is, will probably start fading by 2015." Ironically, that is when some of the bigger flares and magnetic storms could occur. Biesecker has analyzed historical records of solar activity and he finds that most large events such as strong flares and significant geomagnetic storms typically occur in the declining phase of solar cycles—even weak ones.
Indeed, this "Mini-Max" has already unleashed one of the strongest storms in recorded history. ...