Geomagnetic storms for the Earth Natural Disaster

June 16, 2013. The participants of the international conference on the effects of space weather on the Earth, which took place last week, warned the international community that space weather can be a factor in a much more dangerous for the global economy than the economic recession, financial crises and even natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

A sudden geomagnetic storm caused by the solar wind and its interaction with the Earth's magnetosphere, can lead to disastrous consequences. This has already happened in modern history more than once. For example, in 1859, when the Earth has gone through the most massive geomagnetic storm on record, known as the "Carrington Event".

However, in view of the fact that the economy of the time, in contrast to the modern, did not rely on high technology, the effects of the storm were not so noticeable. Here's the translation in our days, damage to the world economy is calculated to trillions of dollars.

Scientists argue that the events of this magnitude occur once per 500 years. However, as the employee of NASA, Charles Bolden, solar flares and a much lower intensity, are a serious threat to the Earth.

As evidence, experts cite the example of another case. In March 1989 geomagnetic storm in Canada literally 90 seconds led to the shutdown of the entire Quebec power grid, leaving millions of people for nine hours were left without light and heat. The same geomagnetic storm left without electricity for 12 million people in New Jersey, USA.

In 1921, the storm was recorded 10 times more powerful. Had it today, its influence on itself has felt would be around 130 million people. But most scientists are concerned about the fact that the elimination of the consequences of major geomagnetic storms for the global economy could take years.

Indeed, in the case of massive power outages affected: fuel sector, water supply and public health, communications, etc. This could be a dress rehearsal for the apocalypse, say scientists concerned.

Source: News Gismeteo

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