Christmas Canceled? Solar Storm Heading Toward Earth Could Shut Down Power Grids

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Millions will be dreaming by the fire soon, but a special Christmas delivery could come early. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts a solar storm blasting Earth any day now, according to The Sun.

A fast stream of solar wind has reportedly hit Earth’s magnetic field, generating a “moderately” strong geomagnetic storm which could last for several days, The Sun reported, citing the NOAA.

Solar storms occur when plasma from the sun is blown toward Earth in a stream of supercharged particles. Most notably, these storms create the natural phenomenon known as the Northern Lights. However, the surge of electrons can also cause interference for electronic devices and navigation systems.

The effects is similar to a massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) caused by a nuclear weapon detonated in the sky.

In October, President Barack Obama warned of the effects a solar storm can cause, saying, “space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents.

The last major solar storm happened in 1859. Called the Carrington Event, it was so strong that it shut down telegraph machines on two continents and allowed the northern lights to be visible in Africa, Australia, Latin America, and the US.

Since then, US reliance on technology has made solar storms a far greater threat. The scientific journal Atmospheric Environmental estimated in 2013 that if a solar storm the size of the Carrington Event hit the Earth today, it could cause as much as $2.6 trillion dollars of damage to the US alone.

Pete Riley, a senior researcher with Predictive Science, told APS Physics in March that the odds of a Carrington-like event in the next decade were around 10 percent.

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  • Frank Lobe

    A false flag.

  • NonYo Business

    Thanks for the Fear Porn.

    • jaguar

      Then don’t read it stupid…

      • NonYo Business

        You read it for me, you seem like the perfect audience

  • jame watts

    More bullshit there are no such things as solar storms

    • jaguar

      They’re called CME’s, and yes they are a flare that ejects from the sun into the atmosphere. They are very real and can do alot of damage depending on how big they are and if they head directly toward the earth…But that’s not what is heading towards us in 2 days, it’s a cosmic blast from an exploding star, that will have significant gamma rays/Radiation….Very damaging to all life on Earth…Best to try and stay indoors as much as possible the next few days, to prevent damage to your body/skin. It could also cause major Earthquake and Tsunami like it did in 2004 in Thailand. Over 230,000 people died in that trajedy due to a cosmic blast that hit earth. Not to mention fry our electrical grid.

    • jim_robert

      Are you utterly ignorant? Was this a joke? No, this one will not be the end of life on earth, the a Carrington level event is a mathematical certainty at some point. The effects are debated, but most likely will be extremely serious. We just missed one by a few weeks in our orbit a few years back. If we had been earlier in our orbit, you probably wouldn’t be posting your drivel right now.

      So yes, this episode is fear porn; and unfortunately, it detracts from a threat that is VERY real. And when that day comes when it IS real, you will be sitting in from of a piece of metal that USED to function as a computer, but is now just a cold metal box.

  • TrevorD

    Reported in The Sun newspaper??? Must be true then.

    • Rick E.

      EXCELLENT pun Trevor!

  • Jonn

    What, again?

    Man, we just keep getting hit with these things, over and over again. Our grid keeps getting fried, society keeps collapsing, the zombies keep chomping away at the brains, the stores keep running out of food, all the animals keep dying from mass extinctions, and the Earth’s magnetic field keep flipping from North to South and back again. And that’s just from these storms from the sun. What about all those mile long asteroids that keep hitting us every other month! Geez, it’s a real pain having to keep coming back from all these world ending events all the time.

    (Removes tongue from cheek)

    • jim_robert

      Are you utterly ignorant? No, while this one will not be the end of life on earth, and the fear porn accusation is true here, a Carrington level event is a mathematical certainty at some point. The effects are debated, but most likely will be extremely serious. We just missed one by a few weeks in our orbit a few years back. If we had been earlier in our orbit, you probably wouldn’t be posting your drivel right now.

      So yes, this episode is fear porn; and unfortunately, it detracts from a threat that is VERY real. And when that day comes when it IS real, you will be sitting in from of a piece of metal that USED to function as a computer, but is now just a cold metal box. Same with asteroids. I don’t appreciate the fear porn, but a simple rational analysis of the threat, which does, in fact, exist (just ask your local tyrannosaurus rex… if you can find one)

      • Jonn

        No jim_robert, I am not utterly ignorant. I am utterly realistic. And utterly tired of hearing all these “the end is coming…the sky is falling…we’re all gonna die tomorrow” stories every other day.

        While I agree that it’s inevitable that a solar storm of sufficient size and trajectory will eventually affect us, these continuous “false alarms” do nothing more than desensitize the population to the seriousness of the “real deal.”

        I too prefer a simple rational analysis of the threat. The current chance of a Carrington level event occurring between now and 2022 is…12%. Okay. Let’s see…what else should I be running about, waving my hands in the air in hysteria about?

        According to the Future of Humanity Institute, there’s a 5% chance that molecular nanotech weapons could kill us all off before 2100. A super smart artificial intelligence? Also 5%. Some kind of war? 4%. A human made biological pandemic? 2%. Maybe a nuclear war? 1%.

        But the chance of me spending my every waking moment worrying every time I see a story like this one? That’s 0%.

        • jaguar

          Then don’t read these articles you IGNORANT simpleton !!!!

          • Jonn

            And pass up the chance of mocking chicken-littles like you? Not a chance, you jag.

    • jaguar

      Actually there has been a mass Animal die off and Droughts and extreme weather, massive underwater coral death, uptick in Earthquake’s, Volcanic eruptions etc. And the Earth has flipped a.few degrees, airports have had to change their runways to account for this. We are close to WWlll and now we have to worry about going Christmas shopping and getting plowed over by a Semi truck by some sick psychopath yelling ” ALLAH AHKBAR”…..So go cry in your safe space ya little snowflake!!

      • Jonn

        And it was all caused by a little burp by the sun. Watch out for falling acorns there, Henny.

    • Guillotine_ready

      Got to keep people frozen in fear so they have no time to see all the real bullshit that is going on.

  • BeeTheChange

    Russia Today/Fake News Clue: The Sun reported that the sun….

    Requisite Fear Porn: “The effects is (sic) similar to a massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) caused by a nuclear weapon detonated in the sky.”

    Real Story: There is a gamma burst coming from a neutron star, not our sun.

    Hypocritical Tangent: NASA is keeping the real situation under wraps to avoid scaring people.

  • Sonokar

    I come here for my daily dose of fear fantasy. Never disappointed.

    • jaguar

      If it bothers you then don’t come here to read about it….. Simple isn’t it???? Duuuuhhh

  • 1m

    according to NOAA Space weather there are no anomalies predicted for the next few days.
    http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/communities/space-weather-enthusiasts