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Period 4 Issue: Solar Storms

How a solar storm would affect Earth, and what can be done about it.

Ethan Kang

on 5 June 2012

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Transcript of Period 4 Issue: Solar Storms

Solar Storms And what they could mean for mankind Sun is reaching maximum activity
Plasma impact at 4,000,000,000+ mph
Causes technology to go crazy Sun launches charged cloud 8 hour flight Ions become coupled to Earth
Generates millions of amps
Electricity flows into transmission lines Carrington Event The September 2, 1859
Richard Carrington observed solar storm
Largest ever recorded Flare warps Earth's magnetic field
Generates Auroras far south
Places like Panama and Hawaii Telegraphs fail worldwide
Transmission lines explode
Paper catches fire
Machines run on electromagnetic energy 1859 primitive compared to today
Storm half power would devastate GPS fails, flights cancelled
Satellites destroyed, astronauts potentially killed
Exploding transmission lines
Paper burns
Communications fail A less sinister side effect, Aurorae What to do Be prepared
Don't be completely tech reliant
Have an item stockpile, including... Batteries
Water Protect yourself from... Electromagnetic radiation
Electrocution Even though this problem
Seems unstoppable Just by being aware... You have a head start... In what could possibly be an apocalypse "Power transformers are very big devices, and the lead time to get a replacement can be two months—if there's a spare one stored nearby. If a utility has to order a new one from the manufacturer, it could take six months to up to two years to deliver."-Rich Lordan By Ethan Kang
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