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August 11, 2011

WeatherWise: NASA Predicting Blackouts Through 2013 Due to Solar Storm

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The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted a severe solar storm that could create serious issues here on Earth. Catastrophic Solar Storm to Cause Global Disruptions; NASA Plans Emergency Steps | International Business Times explains:

The sun is entering an active phase of activity that might lead to a state of solar maximum by 2013. This normally occurs when a burst of charged particles ejected from the sun's corona slams into Earth's magnetic field at a rate of over 5 million miles per hour.

As the ejection moves towards Earth's surface, it might cause geomagnetic storm that may disrupt Earth's magnetic field. Due to this, there might be severe disruptions in radio and satellite transmission lines, power grids, airline communications and GPS applications.

It is believed that there might be a series of blackouts in different parts of the world that could last for even weeks or months. Banking and financial networks might go offline, disrupting commerce in a way unique to the Information Age.

To overcome such catastrophic situation, NASA researchers are trying to work out ways to overcome the possible situation.

empsurvival.jpgThe power grid failure could be repaired in days or...it could take years. Get ready! EMP Survival: :How to Prepare Now and Survive, When an Electromagnetic Pulse Destroys Our Power Grid.

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