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If you woke up in five days and there was no electricity, no internet, no cell phones, what would you do? As for me, I'll answer that question at the end of this article. But why worry, it's not going to happen. But it could and I'll explain it briefly
In five days, a large “benevolent monster” of a sunspot is turning to face the Earth. The most active part of the entire sun since 2005. And “it's still growing,” according to Jess Whittington, a forecaster at the federal Space Weather Prediction Center. This “benevolent monster” of a sunspot will only be facing our planet for two weeks.
The consequences of this is dire, if you only understand what happens if this “benevolent monster” of a sunspot unleashes it's full fury upon our small planet. Let's go back in time to 1859
From August 28 until September 2, 1859, the earth faced a similar scenario such as what is occurring in five days. On September 1, 1859, the largest flare came unleashed a coronal mass ejection straight at the Earth. And just 18 hours later, the largest recorded geomagnetic storm hit the Earth.
In Boston, the light was so bright that even at 1:00 AM, people could read the newspaper without any other light sources around them. The currents in long Telegraph wires in both the United States and Europe experienced induced ElectroMagnetic Force. Fires broke out in the telegraph offices and even shocked the telegraph operators. Auroras were seen in Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba and Italy. This was the 1859 solar superstorm.
In five days, the electric grid to the United States could be virtually destroyed in the northern Half of the United States. With 130 million people without electricity for 4 to 10 years as 350 transformers are destroyed. The entire Alaska Pipeline could erupt into a fireball. All land line telephones could be destroyed.
So in five days, if a solar superstorm such as the one that hit the Earth in 1859 hits the Earth again, then I'll calmly sit back and open my Bible and read it under the 1:00 AM lights.
Originally posted by ShakaDoodle
If you woke up in five days and there was no electricity, no internet, no cell phones, what would you do?
Originally posted by muse7
For the people that are wishing for a solar flare to strike earth,
Think about the people in hospitals, that could die as a result of a massive power outage. Think about the new born babies that are in incubators etc...
Stop wishing that your doom and gloom fantasies come true and come back to reality.
Most active region since 2005 huh? And we all remember the devastation caused by the superstorm in 2005 right? Oh wait, there wasn't any.
But why worry, it's not going to happen
Originally posted by muse7
reply to post by heineken
I call it a fantasy because it has not yet happened.
Can it happen? Of course it can, but it hasn't happened in over a hundred years
It's a typical doom and gloom fantasy, because people are wishing this happens.
Therefore its a fantasy to some
The great geomagnetic storm of 1859, for instance, occurred during a solar cycle of about the same size we’re predicting for 2013."