Nasa warns that a massive solar flare could cause global chaos in 2013...
Causing blackouts, wrecking satellite communications and generating huge radiation levels.
The resulting solar storm could cause a geomagnetic storm on Earth, knocking out electricity grids around the world for hours, days, or even months,
bringing much of normal life grinding to a halt.
Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who delivered the keynote address at an international conference on the vulnerability of electricity grids around the
world, warned that modern societies' dependence on technology leaves them vulnerable to such events
The Sun follows an 11-year cycle of high and low periods of solar activity. It is now leaving a notably quiet phase and scientists expect to see a
sharp increase in the number of solar flares as well as unprecedented levels of magnetic energy.
Experts met in Washington DC in June to discuss how to protect Earth from the ferocious flares, which are expected sometime around 2013.
Nasa is using dozens of satellites – including the Solar Dynamics Observatory – to study the threat.
Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar
But much of the damage could be minimised if it was known in advance that the storm was approaching.
Scientists always talk about the effects of a massive solar storm on electricity grids, radiocommunications,etc. but what about say for instance our
seismic and vulcanic activity? Furthermore, I would bet that all these huge radiation levels somehow will also affect humans and animals...
What is really important is that they openly admit the possibility of a major interruption of our normal life.
What would we do without electricity?
This is very serious...