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Originally posted by b309302
My question is this, since the magnetic field should disperse the particles to the magnetic poles (hence the aurora extending further), will cities nearer the north and south magnetic poles be more vulnerable? For instance Canada lost power during a solar storm in 1989, is this because of it's proximity to the North magnetic pole? Would cities nearer the equator be at less risk of power failure from these solar storms? I could not find much information online of how wide spread or distributed the damage to the power grid might be. It seems to me the closer you are to the equator the less risk of power grid failure there is. Any insights?