Solar Storms in 2012: Affects on our Electronic world

We were recently bombarded with a solar storm, which we discussed in a recent post, and although we were not affected in a way that had been first reported — we should not under estimate how damaging these storms can be.

To me this is just a warning of what’s to come, so I felt I needed to dig a little deeper, and I wish I never. An article on Jakarta Post written back in February looks at when he next major solar storm will be, and it comes as no coincidence that it will be in 2012 — the same year when the Mayan calendar ends.

Scientists have studied what sort of affects the storm will cause, and it does not look good due to our dependency on electronics. It is believed that our satellites could age by 50 years, and mobile communications and GPS could be affected the most. According to a recent report from LAPAN, the flare would have the same power as “100 million hydrogen bombs.”

It is believed that the storm would last for two days, but in that time would have a serious effect on our economy. As yet we cannot tell when a storm is coming but LAPAN is working on a warning system. Do you think that this is just scare mongering, or could a solar storm be as harmful as what they say? A word of warning, do not watch Knowing after reading this.

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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