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Solar flare could wreak havoc on Earth
Toronto Sun ^ | 7/12/12 | Kris Sims

Posted on 07/12/2012 9:25:40 PM PDT by Kartographer

"It's one of the biggest natural disaster threats to the developed world," said John Kappenman, an electrical engineer who specializes in solar storms and the impact they would have on the Earth.

"We've been doing nothing in regards to understanding the true severity of these storms, in fact, we are just building bigger and bigger antennae that makes us more closely coupled with severe space weather events."

Space weather emanating from the Sun affects humans all of the time, we just don't notice it unless it disrupts our smartphones or puts on a pretty northern lights show.

Experts warn though that at some point in the future an eruption of radiation and energy from the sun will be so massive, when hits the Earth it could send modern civilization into a long and deadly electrical blackout by frying all of the interconnected power grids.

"If you lose electricity you lose the ability to pump and create clean water, treat and pump sewage, to maintain any perishable foods, all perishable medications, and you lose the ability to manufacture new things, like replacement parts for the things that were damaged," Kappenman warns. "The phone and Internet systems are only backed up by a few days worth of standby generation with very limited fuel.

"The ability to pump fuel is lost, the ability to produce new fuel is lost. Transportation systems would be severely compromised, if not totally lost. It's something we really don't want to experience on a wide scale."

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1 posted on 07/12/2012 9:25:43 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 07/12/2012 9:27:25 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

So could 4 more years of Obama!


3 posted on 07/12/2012 9:31:43 PM PDT by bramps (Newt was the one, but Romney will do.)
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To: Kartographer

This is a Type O CME according to https://www.facebook.com/nasaswc

Not sure what side it would hit, or if it would hit directly or clip the planet.


4 posted on 07/12/2012 9:41:01 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Kartographer
Solar flare could wreak havoc on Earth

not again...

5 posted on 07/12/2012 9:43:23 PM PDT by BreezyDog (PLAN A: A Peaceful Restoration of the Republic.....PLAN B: A Restoration of the Republic)
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To: TheRhinelander

It happened before and it could happen again. You may want to check out the following link and I hope it works.
http://mondovista.com/endtimex.html


6 posted on 07/12/2012 9:46:43 PM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: Kartographer
A very good fact-based novel on loss of all electronics: One Second After. Thought provoking.
7 posted on 07/12/2012 9:52:10 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Kartographer

“Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die”


8 posted on 07/12/2012 9:57:14 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: upchuck
There is the now emerging Nano-tube technology that will most likely be resistant to flares and EMP.

Electronics is one thing, I don't think nano-tubes will have anything to do with hardening the power-grid.

9 posted on 07/12/2012 10:05:27 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Kartographer
The most recent x class flare was in 2006.

Parts of Canada's grid were taken down by flares in 1973 and 1989.

But the big flare was in 1859.

10 posted on 07/12/2012 10:06:42 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: saintgermaine

That doesn’t take into account the recent calendar find that is more complete.


11 posted on 07/12/2012 10:12:29 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Kartographer

Can you add me to Preppers’ PING list?


12 posted on 07/12/2012 10:12:39 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: Kartographer; All

Meh. Doom porn. Unless there is some dynamic in the direction/ duration/ whatever of this flare that will make it especially destructive, it isn’t so much compared to the flares of 2003- 04

Go here & scroll down to A Record Breaking X- Class Solar Flare, 05 Nov 2003.

http://spacew.com/astroalert.html

That one was literally off the charts & had to be estimated (extrapolated) because GOES could only measure up to an X17.4. It was estimated to be between X30 & X40.
(The Astro Alerts page only goes back to 2002, but 2002 through 2005 were really active)

(I don’t mean this post to be dismissive- just that we’ve been there & done that & we’re still here to tell about it. Maybe I was all caught up in the prospect of getting to see the aurora, but I don’t recall any problems with our computers, car radios, or cell phones. Obviously, anything in the upper atmosphere is going to be affected)


13 posted on 07/12/2012 10:14:17 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: GOPsterinMA; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj

Chicken Little? Doomsday?


14 posted on 07/12/2012 10:15:30 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Kartographer

Well, these are signs and wonders, right?


15 posted on 07/12/2012 10:23:19 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (God bless our motivated US Army snipers, active & retired. One shot-one kill @ 600 mtrs. w/ M24 SWS.)
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To: KGeorge

If you go back to 1859,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

THIS one would probably hurt if it happened in our technological world today. Fortunately, records in Antarctic ice show that it might have been a 1-3 in 1000 year event. Meaning, it might happen in a few hours, or not for at least several hundred years.


16 posted on 07/12/2012 11:14:01 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Kartographer

Why doesn’t Algore and his universe-controlling, enviroloonies do something? They say that human beings can control this kind of stuff! They need to get with the program!


17 posted on 07/13/2012 12:07:50 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Help reduce voter fraud in America! If you see something, say something!)
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To: Kartographer

It’s the ultimate in being fired.


18 posted on 07/13/2012 2:33:47 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: Kartographer

It’s the ultimate in getting fired.


19 posted on 07/13/2012 2:34:11 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
The most recent x class flare was in 2006.

The most recent X-class flare was a few hours ago. Lower Xs aren't very unusual at all.

20 posted on 07/13/2012 2:39:04 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: upchuck

Here’s the free *.pdf download:

http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/21916902/1931499887/name/William+R+Forstchen+-+One+Second+After.pdf


21 posted on 07/13/2012 3:39:24 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Kartographer

Hey, everyone knows that we humans are causing these solar flares! (just in case, here’s the sarc tag /s/)


22 posted on 07/13/2012 5:21:32 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Impy; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj

“Solar Flare”???

Have hot dogs and burgers ready...won’t even need to fire up the grill!!! Just hold them up for some free solar cookin’...


23 posted on 07/13/2012 5:29:55 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: carriage_hill

bfl


24 posted on 07/13/2012 6:08:15 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: Kartographer

Solar flares have been wreaking havoc on earth for awhile now.


25 posted on 07/13/2012 6:14:35 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: upchuck

I liked One Second After. Another interesting one I just finished is “The Pulse” by Scott Williams.


26 posted on 07/13/2012 7:33:48 AM PDT by hotshu (Redistribution of wealth by the government is nothing but theft under the color of law.)
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To: NFHale; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

Yeah...much ado ‘bout nothin’...


27 posted on 07/13/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: Impy; NFHale; sickoflibs; dfwgator; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Perdogg; ...

“Solar flare could wreak havoc on Earth” - Chicken Little.

“Jessica Simpson’s Body Crisis!” - I also can’t name one thing she sang.

“The Color of Your Character” - Peg Bundy...eminently bangable. Christina Applegate: still pretty, but I got turned off when she was caught smoking after her double mastectomy. WTF? Really?

“It’s good to keep focused on the important things in life...it balances us.”

-Words of wisdom NFH!


28 posted on 07/13/2012 7:58:08 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

“Jessica Simpson’s Body Crisis!”

I’m sorry to hear that.


29 posted on 07/13/2012 5:24:11 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: Kartographer

Just kidding. Being prepared is like chicken soup - "It couldn't hoit".

30 posted on 07/13/2012 5:35:54 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: DarthVader
algore invented solar flares.
31 posted on 07/14/2012 12:47:58 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: The Antiyuppie

True. At one time, I thought maybe that technology has come far enough to compensate, but then considering that auroras were seen in Hawaii & (I can’t remember if it was Cuba or) Puerto Rico- obviously the Carrington event was even stronger than Nov 2003.

Life is perilous & freak things happen.
God Is Good.


32 posted on 07/14/2012 8:57:38 AM PDT by KGeorge
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