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January 1 2010 The Perfect Solar Storm - From A Global Disaster

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posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 05:20 AM
The Perfect Solar Storm - From A Global Disaster

The average solar cycle lasts for eleven years. The cycle includes a minimum of solar activity and a maximum. The sun is unusually quiet right now and has been for some time but there should be an increase in solar activity at some point in the near future.

The best current scientific estimate for the next solar maximum is 2012. If this estimate is correct, there is still a few years to try and prevent the potential of a future global disaster. A disaster that would begin on the surface of the sun and could end with tragedy on earth.

The surface of the sun is a mass of plasma that contains highly charged energy particles. Once in a while, some of these particles escape the suns surface and a mass of plasma travels through space on the solar wind. This process is known in scientific terms as a coronal mass ejection but it can also be called a solar storm.

A disaster for the planet would occur if a solar storm reaches and hits the earths magnetic shield in just the right way. If it were to happen, millions of people would lose their lives and the planet would be thrown into chaos as the technology that has become crucial to every day living suddenly gets taken away.

The perfect solar storm will start with skies that will be filled with a bright red aurora. However, soon everything will become dark as every electric bulb becomes devoid of light. The storms damage to the electric grid would be caused through an increased DC current. The runaway current would knock out and melt hundreds of key transformers within minutes, cutting off power for hundreds of millions of people.

Those damaged transformers cannot be repaired only replaced and installing a replacement takes a well-trained crew a week or more. Its incredible to consider that most major electrical utilities have just one or two suitably trained crews available for these type of transformer repairs. In addition, there are only a few spare transformers available and the rest would have to be built to order. Its a process that can take nearly twelve months.

So, the power blackout from the perfect solar storm would last for months but its not just the absence of light that would be the problem. Drinking water would still come through the taps for maybe half a day after the storm. With no electricity to pump water from reservoirs, there would be no more tap water after that.

The electric grid is necessary for almost all natural gas and fuel pipelines to operate. As a result, fuel and natural gas will quickly run out and without food delivery, supermarket shelves would soon become bare. Soon it would become necessary to control public hysteria and the military would have to be called in to restore civil order

There will be no power for heat, cooling or refrigeration until the grid is repaired and after their back up generators run out, hospitals will not be able to provide modern healthcare. A lack of water and food will result in spreading disease but Pharmaceutical companies without electricity will not be able to produce the necessary medicine.

Of course, many will say that this is absurd science fiction and it cannot happen here, but this chilling disaster scenario was outlined in a report released last January (funded by NASA) by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

The fact is that a storm from the sun did hit the earths magnetic field in 1859. The effect of this solar storm on earth became known as the Carrington Event. The event was named after the amateur astronomer who observed two patches of intensely bright and white light emanating from a large group of sunspots that may have produced the event.

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posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 05:21 AM
The solar storm that produced the Carrington Event created a red aurora across the planet from the poles to the tropics. Throughout the world, telegraph systems crashed, machines burst into flames, and electric shocks rendered operators unconscious. Compasses and other sensitive instruments reeled as if struck by a massive magnetic fist. It can happen again and the technology of the planet is now much more advanced and vulnerable.

The next solar maximum is estimated to return in about three years. A global disaster from the perfect solar storm can be prevented with proper contingency planning. There is still time for the government to be proactive and prepare to avoid disaster by creating a potential response to quickly repair the damage to the electric grid from the perfect solar storm.

James William Smith has worked in Senior management positions for some of the largest Financial Services firms in the United States for the last twenty five years. He has also provided business consulting support for insurance organizations and start up businesses. He has always been interested in writing and listening to different viewpoints on interesting topics. Visit his website at or his daily blog at

posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 05:38 AM
The first thing that occurred to me on reading this are you James William Smith? It's just that that last paragraph came across as a 'signature'.
Whatever it's an excellent outline of the reality of what would happen if we lost our electricity.
I keep reading posts here and elsewhere from those who are almost looking forward to such an event as a wonderful 'back to nature' experience. Indeed I have lived without electricity and you can do without a lot of the things you think you need. But the difference was that there was electricity elsewhere. So you could get the supplies, the water, the medical care....
In such a scenario as you describe, most of us would be foraging for food and fuel for a start. But the environment could be hostile, to the extent that even growing your own food might be difficult. As for those reliant on medication or needing surgical procedures - tough. A knowledge of herbs and the like - if you have it - will only see you far. Frankly all hell would break loose as people struggle to survive.
People need to get in touch with reality.

[edit on 10-1-2010 by unicorn1]

posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 05:56 AM
Since we have had such a lengthy period of the Sun doing very little in terms of sun spots,Is it still feasible that we will be at solar maximum in 2012?
Won't that be pushed back or have I got it wrong?

posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 06:28 AM
The current prediction for this solar cycle which started in early 2008 is that it will peak at a level of solar activity which is 30% or more below the last solar cycle.

I will not hold my breath until this solar cycle produces a "perfect solar storm".

I suspect it will most likely help produce a global cooling which will result in massive crop failures and the starvation of millions.

posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 06:30 AM

Originally posted by Silcone Synapse
Since we have had such a lengthy period of the Sun doing very little in terms of sun spots,Is it still feasible that we will be at solar maximum in 2012?
Won't that be pushed back or have I got it wrong?

Glad you brought that up. From the chatter I have been hearing, some scientists have now said that it's more likely to reach solar max in 2013. The thing is that we've only measured a few cycles so in all honesty, we know next to nothing about the suns patterns. We could be wrong about so many things.


posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 06:44 AM
If you are preparing for this type of event and would like to protect some vital electronic equipment, (Computers, Ham Radio, ect) build a "faraday cage" and store your must have electronic equipment inside. (a Microwave ovens heating area is actually a faraday cage which shields you from the Microwave Radiation). During construction ensure each faraday cage has it's own ground (Not connected to the house) and ensure whatever equipment you store inside does not touch any part of the cage. A Faraday Cage can be built in any size and as long as they have an effective ground they will protect whatever you place inside.


posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 06:57 AM
If NASA is up too there usual truthfulness the this bound to be bull! Nah ya can't believe anything NASA say..

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