England added, volcanoes, solar storms, floods, flu and terrorism to the list of threats to national security. The priority risks are pandemic, floods, terrorist attacks and a new addition — the eruption of volcanoes in places like Iceland. All of these changes can be found in the National Register of risks to civil emergencies (National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies).
Difficult weather conditions represent a threat to the communications, electronics, electrical networks. Solar storms — the eruption of magnetic energy and charged particles — is part of a normal 11-year solar cycle, which is expected to peak in the next year. Storms can not hurt people, but can disrupt power grids, GPS systems and satellites. In 1989, solar storm knocked out power system in Quebec, causing 6 million people were left without power.
Strong solar storms have been last week, but no major failures followed.
Also, the parliamentary defense committee urged the government to prepare for the disruption of electricity and satellite communication due to electromagnetic pulses that occur or because the sun or nuclear explosions in space. Space War is not included in the risk register the British government.
Established in 2008, the risk register assesses threats that pose a threat to human welfare, the environment and security of the UK. Before that, the last time the list edited in 2010. Volcanic eruptions have been added after in 2010, ash and ash from Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, have disrupted operations for several days.