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Originally posted by karen61057
Originally posted by NeillieN
WARNING - Time code skips from 2012/03/06 22:24 to 2012/03/07 07:00 The blast peaked on March 7th at 00:28 This part is MISSING!!!
THIS IS HUGE PEOPLE MISSING OR ALTERED DATA WITHIN HOURS OF THE BLAST. On guard!
Please elaborate on what you feel that might mean.
06:00 GMT and 10:00 GMT
Originally posted by Mattodlum
reply to post by RealSpoke
8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. 9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.edit on 7-3-2012 by Mattodlum because: Added Scripture
It’s a matter of debate what an epic solar storm would do to the modern electric grid. The strongest events on record — in 1859 and in 1921 — hit before the power grid existed.
On the evening of Sunday Aug. 28, 1859, New Jerseyans saw "one of the most beautiful exhibitions of the northern lights ... ever seen. The sky brightened with them and the light furnished was equal to a full moon," according to the Newark Daily Mercury’s account of the aurora borealis.
That storm damaged parts of the telegraph system, and another outburst in 1921 brought the New York Central Railroad to a halt.
Whether transformers — the workhorses of the modern grid that ramp power up and down — would be vulnerable to a similar solar storm is unclear. Mark Lauby, director of reliability assessment and performance analysis for the North American Electric Reliability Corp., which is authorized by the U.S. government to set reliability standards, noted only a handful of transformers were knocked out in Quebec in the 1989 solar event.
"The power systems have been around a hundred years and we only had one event like this, in Quebec, and they were back up in nine hours," Lauby said. "This isn’t going to cause any physical damage except for a few frail transformers."
That view is shared by staffers at PJM Interconnection.
"We would think that the large majority of the transformers would survive," Koza said.
Yet George Baker, a retired professor at James Madison University who spent 22 years at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency — an arm of the Department of Defense that deals with threats including nuclear weapons — notes that nuclear weapons exploded in or above the atmosphere can produce an electromagnetic pulse much like the effects of a solar flare.
"The conclusion of the (electromagnetic pulse) studies was you could have something as bad as the entire national power grid collapsing," Baker said.
Instead of hours, he believes it could take years for the world to recover from a 100-year solar storm.