Friday, June 18, 2010

More Happy News

Not! Just messin' with ya'll... It's actually more looming disaster. But the good news is, forewarned is forearmed - at least for the wise, yes? Buy those windmills, stock those pantries...

From The Telegraph UK:

Nasa warns solar flares from 'huge space storm' will cause devastation

National power grids could overheat and air travel severely disrupted while electronic items, navigation devices and major satellites could stop working after the Sun reaches its maximum power in a few years.

Senior space agency scientists believe the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes “from a deep slumber” sometime around 2013, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
In a new warning, Nasa said the super storm would hit like “a bolt of lightning” and could cause catastrophic consequences for the world’s health, emergency services and national security unless precautions are taken.

Scientists believe it could damage everything from emergency services’ systems, hospital equipment, banking systems and air traffic control devices, through to “everyday” items such as home computers, iPods and Sat Navs.

Due to humans’ heavy reliance on electronic devices, which are sensitive to magnetic energy, the storm could leave a multi-billion pound damage bill and “potentially devastating” problems for governments.

“We know it is coming but we don’t know how bad it is going to be,” Dr Richard Fisher, the director of Nasa's Heliophysics division, said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. “It will disrupt communication devices such as satellites and car navigations, air travel, the banking system, our computers, everything that is electronic. It will cause major problems for the world.

“Large areas will be without electricity power and to repair that damage will be hard as that takes time.”

Dr Fisher added: “Systems will just not work. The flares change the magnetic field on the earth that is rapid and like a lightning bolt. That is the solar affect.” A “space weather” conference in Washington DC last week, attended by Nasa scientists, policy-makers, researchers and government officials, was told of similar warnings.
Read entire piece here.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Oh boy! Just in time for the pending economic collapse!

Looks like it won't take a man-made thermonuclear war to take us back (nearly) to the stone age. Or, if you're of that persuasion, almost back to when time, itself, began. ;-)

9:40 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I'm tellin' ya, now is the time to work on getting off the grid! But even off the grid, our computers might not work. And even if they did, all the main servers would probably be off-line.
But with a wind generator, etc., you could at least pump the water out of your well. If you have clean running water, that's a lot.
Now would be a good time to have, or be working on a reserve supply of non-perishable food items; one that would last several months minimum.
And not just because of future solar storms.

10:55 PM  

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