Increasing solar activity could wreak havoc

fireblade

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The sun waking from a deep sleep may not sound like such a bad thing and years ago it might not have been.

However in today's world reliant on technology for the basics of everyday life, increasing levels of solar activity and the flares from the consequent 'space storm' could wreak complete havoc.

Nasa is telling us to prepare for a once in a generation storm which could result in widespread blackouts and leave us without critical communication signals for considerable periods of time.

The overheating of national power grids, mass disruption of air travel and the complete shut down of electronic items, navigation devices and major satellites are just some of the consequences of the sun reaching its maximum power in only a few years time.

As well as this, the bolt of lightning caused by the super storm could bring disastrous consequences for the world emergency service systems, hospital equipment and of course would leave us without our computers, sat navs and ipods.

The worst case scenario would see large parts of the world plunged into darkness for months

Most likely say senior scientists it will last hours and maybe days but this in a world reliant on high tech systems for almost everything we do is likely to have a drastic impact.

Increasing solar activity could wreak havoc - Yahoo! News UK

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Yet more scare mongering then.....I wouldn't worry about it the world's apparently ending in 2012 anyhow.

But if this piece of news about the sun is for real and it does actually affect us for any length of time - it might just do more good than harm. After the looters are finished but what are they going to nick if there's no electric to use it with ? It'll get many people off their computers and back in touch with reality for a certain amount of time and that is no doubt a good thing! And then when it's over it'll make us appreciate what we have even more - bring it on I say....
 

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one satellite over america (i think its 133W) is already dead due to the increasing solar activity, and more are expected to follow. insurance companies wont insure any not insures satellites, once theyre in orbit, theyre generally not insured any more as all the dangerous stuff is done with, but if your uninsured £250million lump crashes into another £250million lump, and scatters a billion tiny pieces towards other peoples satellites, its quickly a snowball of disaster ready to take out the worlds communications
 
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