posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 05:34 AM
reply to post by Skewed
Well now, northern lights like effects or aurora as they are also known, are the visible part of the interaction between charged particles from the
sun, and our magnetosphere here on Earth. Usualy they only occur around the poles, but sometimes when the storm of particles is dense enough, the
phenomenon spreads further toward the equator. The most memorable incident of a particularly large CME, or coronal mass ejection causing such a
southerly display , was the Carrington event, an event so massive that the flare could be seen with the naked eye. It wiped out the telegram system
for a time.
In terms of the advice and warnings, all I have found are vauge references to comms difficulties, and minor fluctuations in the power grid. If you
are really worried about your equipment, I would make sure that you have RCD and breaker protection of a decent spec. That ought to isolate your
electricals from dangerous surges , and/or sudden loss of power. The real dangers are that the entire electrical grid will fail or that the
fluctuations that may occur become more than minor, burning out tranformer banks and substations, and causing blackouts over large swathes of the
effected areas. I have cast the runes (looked at a few sites) and see no reference to immediate apocalyptic effects, so I wouldnt worry too much.