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Super Solar Flare “Possibly Catastrophic” 

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6 Jan 09 - The National Academy of Sciences just released the results of a study examining what might happen to our high-tech society in the event of a super solar flare followed by an extreme geomagnetic storm. Such an event in 1859 electrified telegraph lines, shocking technicians and setting telegraph papers on fire. Northern Lights lit up the sky as far south as Cuba, and were so bright that "you could read a newspaper by their eerie glow."

According to the report, "a contemporary repetition of that event would cause significantly more extensive (and possibly catastrophic) social and economic disruptions." The report warns of widespread failures in telecommunications, electric power, banking and finance, and transportation; even water supplies could be disrupted.

No one knows how often super solar storms occur. We've only seen one like it in the past 200 years. The next one could be another 200 years away--or just 200 days. All the more reason to study space weather!

                Mr. Felix, 

               “I have received your new book "MagneticRreversals" for a
                Christmas present along with "Not by Fire but by Ice". I have
                devoured both of them.

               “I find this article as more proof of what you have said about
                the upper atmosphere being set for nuclear blasts from the sun.”

                Reader B Due

http://www.spaceweather.com/ (6 Jan 09)
Thanks to B Due and Winona Campbell for this link

 



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