Solar Flares and Solar Energetic Particles emitted by the Sun’s ‘solar storms’ may cause severe radio interference on Earth and endanger astronauts and spacecraft, but the most dangerous part of a ‘solar storm’ for Earthlings is a Coronal Mass Ejection, (CME) – which occurs when magnetic reconnection on the Sun’s surface “pinches off” a giant loop of magnetic field, blasting off a big chunk of the Sun’s super-hot plasma. 919 more words
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FEMA: "The Threat Is Real" - Unpublished Internal Report Warns 4-10 Years Without Electricity After Major Solar Storm
An unpublished internal FEMA report has finally been obtained via an FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request, which highlights the extent of damage a major solar storm, what they call the “100 year geomagnetic storm,” would do to critical infrastructure in the U.S., including “Significant power grid collapses,” which “could require 4-10 years to fully restore.” 82 more words
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) is planning for a massive solar storm that would be so strong, it would take down the power grid. Noting that the rare, yet “high-consequence” scenario has “the potential for catastrophic impact on our nation and FEMA’s ability to respond.” 108 more words
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NASA has visited some awfully impressive places in the past 60 years, so it’s something of a wonder that the space agency hasn’t found its way to the sun by now.