Solar storms could cripple modern life

  • Solar storms could cripple modern life

Solar storms could cripple modern life

The sun is constantly sending a stream of charged particles toward Earth via the solar wind.

During that solar storm, the sun unleashed a series of powerful solar flares that were so powerful telegraph operators' offices experienced a surge in electricity which resulted in some buildings setting on fire.

A solar storm of such intensity would have the potential of wiping out large swathes of modern technology on Earth and could throw civilisation into disarray. If a similar-sized solar storm hit the planet today, it would cause an estimated $2 trillion in damage.

Since evidence has pointed to three massive solar storms taking place in the last 3,000 years, the scientists plan to explore more ice core samples to better understand these odd phenomenons. With these ice samples, the team was able to find out when our planet was hit by the sun's high-energy cosmic waves and how it might have altered Earth at that time, Phys.org noted. With their research, the team aims to help people prepare for future giant solar storms, which could shut down global communication systems, air traffic systems, and satellites.

"Those storms took place in 775 CE and 994 CE". The latter was, to date, the biggest solar event on record.

"That's why we must increase society's protection again solar storms".

Raimund Muscheler also took part in research that confirmed the existence of two other massive solar storms, using both ice cores and the annual growth rings of old trees. "Our event was about 10 times stronger than any high-energy event observed during the past 70 years", Muscheler told Newsweek.

This is only the third major solar storm event to be documented.

"Our research suggests that the risks are now underestimated".

"The first discovery of such an event was quite recent". "I am sure these are recurring features of the sun, and with a systematic search we will certainly find more".

While the most serious consequences for those living in 660 BC was just a stunning display or aurora borealis or australis, northern and southern lights respectively, things would be completely different for us today.

According to the researchers, the finding has provided a stark warning that another event of this size could not be too far away, a report in The Independent said.