It all starts with the sun... it's common knowledge that we're heading into solar maximum 24, and it is less common knowledge that this is quickly
becoming one of the stronger (strongest?) cycles on record. The power of the sun is hard to measure, but we do know that it can have very negative
effects on the planet (March 13 1989) the Quebec Blackout. Recently, we have been witnessing some rather peculiar events on our sun's surface. March
20th - a large blast on the southwestern limb of the sun one of the 'largest' astronomers have ever witnessed, Feb 15th, Mar 10 X-ray flares
directly at earth. So far, none of these events have triggered any blackouts on earth, but an argument could be posed that the March 10th solar flare
could have had a hand in the Japan Earthquake
now it gets interesting.
on Dec 16 2008, nasa posted an article that announced a 'breach' in the magnetic field surrounding earth. As far as i'm aware of that breach has
not been closed, and judging by the tone of the article it is of concern. because the scientists studying the event "had never seen anything like
it" article below.
So we have the sun reaching the peak of solar cycle 24, and there is a large breach in the magnetic field surrounding earth, solar cycle 24 is
supposed to culminate in the end of 2012, beginning of 2013. Still, the cosmic rays of the sun would have to be exponentially stronger in order to
effect life-forms on this planet. Perhaps though, the life-forms do not need to be directly effected in order for a disaster to take place.
As we learned in Quebec in march 1989, our electrical grid is not as robust as it should be. In the event of a massive solar flare, such as the
Carrington Event of 1985, it is very possible that the influx of electromagnetic energy from the sun would be so powerful that our current grid would
not be able to handle the power, and it would simply fry, as did the telegraph lines during the carrington event. The fact that there is a massive
breach in the electrical field around earth makes this very unsettling, as we know the solar cycle is going to get worse the question is can our
electrical systems handle it. Now im not going to get into detail of what happens when our electrical systems fail, but transportation would be next
to impossible, water pumps wouldn't work, as we saw in japan nuclear power plants could meltdown, the list is endless!
As if the failure of the electrical grid isn't a doomsday scenario enough, what about the effect the sun has on the inner workings of the planet
earth? 3 examples do it for me, 1, the christchurch earthquake in new zealand occurred 3 days after a Coronal mass ejection hit the earth. 2, a New
Guinea earthquake occured 2 days after a magnetic filament broke away from the sun. 3, of course, the Japan earthquake occurred a day after the
largest flare witnessed in 2 years. It seems as though we have enough evidence to make an assumption that the magnetic energy released by the sun has
an effect on the tectonic activity within our planet, once again, the fact that we have a large hole in our magnetic field probably doesn't help.
So ATS community, what do you think? it seems pretty plausible to me.