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GLOBAL PANIC OF 2014 Solar Flare Freakout

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So, what would happen if an enormous flare actually did hit us?

Pop-Mech’s Kathryn Free reports: Recently, there’s been news of a humongous solar flare that narrowly missed the Earth in 2012. If it had been one week earlier, one of the largest solar storms in recorded history would have directly hit our world. Just a small reminder that we live near anGPOA-lady enormous ball of nuclear fusion.

“No cell phones, no ATMs, no sewage systems, and no working respirators in hospitals for months.”

First things first — we would not be fried to a crisp. The Sun is too far away for the heat from a flare to make it here, according to a statement from NASA. But a new report published yesterday in Physics World says that while solar storms can’t kill us outright, they could have catastrophic effects… and we should be doing everything we can to prepare for them. 

Even though the heat from a flare can’t reach us, the electromagnetic particles from the blast would, and would wreak havoc with our electronics. Imagine the electromagnetic pulse bombs from Ocean’s Eleven or Red Dawn, but instead of knocking out the electricity in Las Vegas or the United States, these solar flares could knock out power grids and communication systems on a global scale…(read more)

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