Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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

A Solar Flare, image taken by the TRACE satell...Image via Wikipedia
Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”, Nasa has warned.
clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk

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.

Dr
Fisher, a Nasa scientist for 20 years
, said these two events would
combine in 2013 to produce huge levels of radiation.
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