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http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/717066/catastrophic-sun-storm-possible-nasa-warns

A once-in-a-century solar storm would threaten catastrophic destruction if a worst-case scenario event transpired, a new NASA report has found.

Governments would be powerless to curb the loss of crucial infrastructure including power grids, potable water and sewage disposal, the report said, potentially crippling our way of life for months.

The forecast is based in part on a similarly sized solar storm that took place in 1859, which melted telegraph wires and ignited widespread fires in Europe and the United States, Fox News reports.

If a repeat event happened now, scientists warn the consequences would be far more serious — even "potentially catastrophic" — because modern technologies have made our infrastructure more inter-reliant.

The danger lies in the sun emitting solar flares so intense that they produce magnetic pulses with the force to destroy power grids by melting transformers.

The power outages could spur a series of devastating consequences:

"Impacts would be felt on interdependent infrastructures with, for example, potable water distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications lost in 12-24 hours; immediate or eventual loss of heating/air conditioning, sewage disposal, phone service, transportation, fuel resupply and so on," the report writes.

"Emergency services would be strained, and command and control might be lost."

The sun operates on an 11-year cycle, with the next "active" phase due in 2012 likely to present the nearest danger.

Though worst-case storms are only expected to occur once every hundred years, smaller solar flares have caused major disruptions in modern times.

In 1989, a sun storm was so powerful it blacked out the whole province of Quebec in Canada — an area almost the size of Queensland.

Another event in 2003 knocked out two satellites circling the Earth and destroyed a piece of equipment on a Mars orbiter.

"Obviously, the sun is Earth's life blood," NASA spokesman Richard Fisher was quoted as saying.

"To mitigate possible public safety issues, it is vital that we better understand extreme space weather events caused by the sun's activity."
#2
Cool.
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#6
Great, now we really are screwed... and just when I thought my life was going to take a turn for the better.

Thanks for ruining my day, NASA. You nerds.
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Oh noez! This will be the day Palin gets elected.
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#10
i call bs only because they predict it to happen in the Cliche year of 2012
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On no, better get me some I-wear-sunglasses-inside-to-look-like-a-douche sunglasses to prepare.
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#15
what is it? may of 2012. those damn Mayans!! so this thing will knock out power, spoil food, and even ruin the drinking water? oh and of course send the earth spinning into the sun.wouldn't people be effected also if al these other things were getting messesd up? nice knowing ya'll. it's some doom and gloom BS. i'll see you in 3 yrs
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#17
so what, the Mayans already figured this out.
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#18
**** NASA

(damn what an intelligent response)
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thatll put me at the ripe age of 33, I think ill be ready
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thanks alot eggheads, now ive got a reason worry about death from above.


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#22
So does this mean that we should replace our people at NASA with Mayans(through time travel,of course),since the Mayans seem to be much more efficient?
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#23
I'd be slightly worried, but since it's 2012 then i got nothing to worry about.

It's common sense now to dismiss anything planned for 2012 as BS, even the olympics aren't gonna happen as far as i care.
#24
I will lol at everyone if 2012 really is the end of the world
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http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/717066/catastrophic-sun-storm-possible-nasa-warns

A once-in-a-century solar storm would threaten catastrophic destruction if a worst-case scenario event transpired, a new NASA report has found.

Governments would be powerless to curb the loss of crucial infrastructure including power grids, potable water and sewage disposal, the report said, potentially crippling our way of life for months.

The forecast is based in part on a similarly sized solar storm that took place in 1859, which melted telegraph wires and ignited widespread fires in Europe and the United States, Fox News reports.


I stopped there.

Then I googled it. The first two results were from the site you showed. Then two from UG. Then one from a forum on a site called abovetopsecret.com

A search on NASA's own website showed nothing similar. Sounds like bull**** conspiracy to me.

C'mon people, do your research.
#27
I never believe any of this crap. We will all go when its time to go and just because some nutjob says we will die in 7 days or whatever is total bull.
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#28
so this solar storm, could it potentially fry a guitar amp?

NASA scares me.
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#29
Holy fuck, Swayze's in hospital!
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#30
Meh... This wouldn't be that bad. No power for a few months.. At least we're not gonna get nuked. It'll be like Fallout but without the Mutants..
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I stopped there.

Then I googled it. The first two results were from the site you showed. Then two from UG. Then one from a forum on a site called abovetopsecret.com

A search on NASA's own website showed nothing similar. Sounds like bull**** conspiracy to me.

C'mon people, do your research.


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How many threats of natural disasters have their been already?
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#34
Worst case scenario would be bad, but I'm not too worries about it.
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Worst case scenario would be bad, but I'm not too worries about it.


It'd just be like living in an undeveloped country for a few months though.. Might get a bit cold.. Course there'll be riots and martial law. Though that's all fun stuff.
#36
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so this solar storm, could it potentially fry a guitar amp?

NASA scares me.

IF it happens you will be dead, you're not gonna care about your guitar amp lol

Well I personally don't care if it happens or not
#39
Dammit, I was hoping that the core of the earth would explode and earth would completely explode. That way is so much cooler to die.

Now we are going to have to deal with heat.

The end of the world will be fun. We are all going to die, so we won't have to worry about losing family members.

If this actually happens, I will take the easy way out, and jump off a bridge before I burn to death or die of thirst.
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#40
I think this is what the world needs. A few months to sort itself out. Make people appreciate what they have more. Sure, the elderly will die. Solve the aging/surplus population. And think, a few months without pollution. Give the earth time to breathe. Burning trees and whatnot could release a fair amount of carbon, but whatever.

Unforunately, after reading a couple of articles, it seems like nothing major will happen unless it's a 'worse case scenario'. Which is pretty much like the people who are predicting massive meteors crashing into the Earth every few years. It's really not going to happen.

BUT 2012 WILL BRING DEATH TO EVERYONE ANYWAY. Duh. So none of it matters.
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