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Monday, February 21, 2011

Get ready for a 'global Katrina': Biggest ever solar storm could cause power cuts which last for MONTHS


By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 4:06 PM on 21st February 2011

The world is overdue a ferocious 'space storm' that could knock out communications satellites, ground aircraft and trigger blackouts - causing hundreds of billions of pounds of damage, scientists say.

Astronomers today warned that mankind is now more vulnerable to a major solar storm than at any time in history - and that the planet should prepare for a global Katrina-style disaster.

A massive eruption of the sun would save waves of radiation and charged particles to Earth, damaging the satellite systems used for synchronising computers, airline navigation and phone networks.

If the storm is powerful enough it could even crash stock markets and cause power cuts that last weeks or months, experts told the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

27 comments:

  1. Holy shit! I'm pretty scared of these things!

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  2. ya right...
    The sun would never hurt us, we did not do anything to the sun either!

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  3. Good thing I got a generator in my garage!

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  4. sounds pretty serious, though I don't think anything will actually happen

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  5. This is one of those news stories they love to trot out every once in awhile. Of course there is a risk, there always is, but the level of damage is blown way out of proportion. It certain rural areas it might take months, but anyone living in a modern and well connected area it wouldn't last more then a week.

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  6. Yeah i read this on the news the other day, pretty scary if you ask me! No more blogging for us for a couple of days/weeks/months then :P

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  7. Wow, I guess it is the end of the world.

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  8. That's not gonna happen, they always try to scare us for this shit.

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  9. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a whimper...

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  10. this would really suck, hope we can find a way around it

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  11. The end of days cometh!!

    I'll believe it when I see it, ppl always like to stir things up...most times unessasarily!!

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  12. Somehow I'm not worried about this.

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  13. no nothing to worry about ;)
    nice post, i like this stuff.

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  14. everytime I hear about these solar storms I tend to worry but haven't seen any dramatic occurence from them yet

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  15. This is gonna do some damage :/

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  16. I don't think this will happen but it's interesting stuff..

    http://jmchief93elite.blogspot.com

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  17. somehow I'm not concerned at all.

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  18. The Mail is precisely the least reliable news source on anything, so I wouldn't worry too much!! Solar Storms will do almost nothing.

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  19. i would love it if this happened.

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  20. we've def. heard things like this before

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  21. Shit. Oh well, I'm fed up with the human race's thriving anyway :)

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  22. Is that something new? Seems weird it didn't happen before.

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