- Massive electromagnetic pulse caused by solar flares could bring an end to modern civilization as we know it
- Extreme space weather event could wipe out power for months and render cellphones and internet useless
- One study estimates that in the U.S. alone it could cost the fragile economy up to $2.6 trillion
- Now the White House are preparing for the threat after a major solar flare narrowly missed the Earth in 2012
- Strategy includes improving prediction abilities as forecasters only have been 15-60 minutes warning and how to protect energy grids
The U.S. government are preparing for a catastrophic solar flare which could wipe out power across the world for months.
The last powerful geomagnetic solar storm which hit the earth was in 1859 which caused telegraph lines to explode, setting fire to some telegraph offices, and power to fail across Europe and North America.
In today’s far more advanced and technological world, experts the effects would be devastating.
The massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from solar flares could wipe out power grids, bringing an end to modern civilization as we know it as cellphones, credit cards and the internet were rendered useless.
In the U.S, alone researchers estimate the cost on the fragile economy would be up to $2.6 trillion, according to a 2008 National Academy of Sciences study.
The report warned that power outages after an extreme solar storm could last months or even longer if it wiped out the transformers. read more…