I really don't see how some of you can be so nonchalant and unconcerned about this. (or perhaps naive) You do realize that it's not just your Ipods
that will refuse to work, right? If the power grids go down because of a major coronal mass ejection, they won't just "come back on line" ; they
will be "fried". Tell me...how will you get , oh say, hot water, groceries...hell, MONEY for that matter?? Almost everything on earth we do nowadays
depends on the electrical grid. All security and cameras, (hope you're not standing in one of the million places that will get robbed when all the
security cams go out) banks, phones, your stove, fridge, lights, furnaces , air-conditioners, etc., etc., and never-ending etc. This will not come
back on-line in a few days, weeks or maybe even months AND in some cases YEARS!! This not 1859 when the last major solar storm hit us bad and took
out all the telegraph systems...LOL. This is 2011...we haven't gotten up out of chairs to change the channel in what...35 years? Many of us don't
even use cash anymore...all electronic banking. Our whole lives revolve around the use of electricity and we depend on it more and more every year.
What I worry about the most are the nuclear power plants and how long they can hold out. I know they have back ups, but don't know how long they
last. I hope that those of you who aren't worried live close to a river so you can haul water to flush your toilets...lol.
On Sept. 2, 1859, an incredible storm of charged particles sent by the sun slammed into Earth's atmosphere, overpowered it, and caused havoc on the
ground. Telegraph wires, the high-tech stuff of the time, suddenly shorted out in the United States and Europe, igniting widespread fires. Colorful
aurora, normally visible only in polar regions, were seen as far south as Cuba and Hawaii.
"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity... at the same time, our
technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms." One needs to go back over 8,000 years in order to find a time when
the sun was, on average, as active as it is at present!
Our 21st century society is micro-managed by computers, 24/7 internet communications and interlocking electric grids. All are extremely vulnerable to
outside forces, both natural and man-made.
If a truly massive Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) hits earth, it could practically take out the world's electricity distribution on a semi-permanent
basis. It would take many years, if not decades, to repair the world's electrical system, even if replacement parts were immediately available. There
would be massive damage to power generation, distribution facilities, substations and countless transformers and switching equipment everywhere. When
high power transformers used in substations or on utility poles are damaged, they must be scrapped or rebuilt. If the factories that create or repair
these electrical components are also without power, they will be unable to rebuild or repair electrical equipment. With an AC power outage, there will
be no diesel fuel available to fill the tanks of large heavy goods vehicles used to transport and install the massive electrical components.
It takes an enormous amount of power to bring a power plant online. This power must come from another power plant. If all power plants were knocked
off line, or all those in a specific region, there would be no means to start them back up again. It would take a year or two to get one operational
again and additional years to power the rest. So it might be a decade for human civilisation to achieve a semblance of what it was, prior to the
paralysis caused by a massive electromagnetic pulse.
***Consider then that our entire 21st century civilisation is completely dependent on computers for power, lifestyle synchronisation, and everything
else we do. Yet we don't have any backup in the event of a massive electromagnetic pulse.
What would happen today if another solar flare the size of the 1859 Carrington Event were to hit earth? According to a report by the National Academy
of Science (NAS) it could induce electrical currents that would knock out at least 300 main transformers cutting off power to 130 million people, all
within 90 seconds.
Thank you Silent Thunder for starting this thread - it IS - (contrary to what some believe) VERY important. Perhaps some folks should educate
themselves on a topic at least a little before they post something so laughable.