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Solar Storm 14 Times Larger Than Earth Could Unleash A Society-Crippling Electromagnetic Pulse

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Solar Storm - Public DomainDid you know that a storm 14 times larger than the Earth is happening on the sun right now?  Earlier this week, it unleashed a flare which was a million times more powerful than all of the nuclear weapons in existence combined.  Fortunately, that flare was not directed at us.  But now the area of the sun where this solar storm is located is rotating toward Earth.  An eruption on the sun at just the right time and at just the right angle could result in a society-crippling electromagnetic pulse blasting this planet.  So if your computers, cell phones and electronic equipment get fried at some point over the next few weeks, you will know what is probably to blame.  Such an electromagnetic pulse has hit our planet before, and as you will read about below, some very prominent voices are warning that it will happen again.  It is just a matter of time.

Scientists tell us that the absolutely massive sunspot group that has recently formed on the sun is highly unusual.  NASA has described it as “crackling” with magnetic energy.  The mainstream media has not been paying too much attention to it, but this sunspot group is potentially extremely dangerous.

The following is an excerpt from an article on Discovery.com that gives some of the technical details about what has been going on…

The sunspot, a dark patch in the sun’s photosphere, represents intense solar magnetism bursting from the sun’s interior known as an active region. This particular active region, designated AR2192, has been rumbling with intense flare activity, recently exploding with 2 X-class flares, causing some short-lived high-frequency (HF) radio black outs around the globe.

Such blackouts are triggered by the intense extreme ultraviolet and X-ray radiation that solar flares can generate, causing ionization effects in the Earth’s upper atmosphere — a region known as the ionosphere. HF radio can be strongly hindered by this activity, triggering blackouts that can effect air traffic and amateur radio operators.

The other day a flare erupted which did cause radio blackouts all over the world for a time.  But we were fortunate that the flare was not directed at us.  If it had been, the results could have potentially been catastrophic.

We have not seen anything like this sunspot group for a very long time, and according to a report posted by the Daily Mail, experts are saying that we might not see another one like this for 25 years…

Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Christopher Balch, meanwhile, said the flare affected radio that uses part of the upper atmosphere. That includes some but not all radar and plane systems as well as amateur radio.

Mr Balch said the storm briefly was rated as strong for affecting Earth radio systems but then dropped to minor levels.

The event followed months of near-silent activity on the sun before the huge flare erupted from a sunspot 14 times bigger than Earth.

A spokesperson for the Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre told MailOnline it may be the biggest sunspot for 25 years.

Unfortunately, there are no signs that this sunspot group is fading.

In fact, an official at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said that “it continues to grow in size and complexity“.

Below, I have posted a video which shows some of the recent activity on the sun.  As you can see, these explosions can be quite violent…

As advanced as we like to think that we are, the truth is that we are still very much at the mercy of this giant ball of fire that our planet revolves around.

And even with everything else that is going on in the world today, a massive electromagnetic burst from the sun remains one of the greatest potential dangers to our way of life.

Just check out what billionaire Paul Singer recently had to say about the matter.  He believes that an EMP event is “the most significant danger” the world is facing right now…

“While these pages are typically chock full of scary or depressing scenarios, there is one risk that is head-and-shoulders above all the rest in terms of the scope of potential damage adjusted for the likelihood of occurrence,” Singer wrote to clients of his $24.8 billion Elliott Management on Monday in a standard investment update letter. “Even horrendous nuclear war, except in its most extreme form, can [be] a relatively localized issue, and the threat from asteroids can (possibly) be mitigated.”

(A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences,” Singer wrote. “Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think.

For those not familiar with “the Carrington Event”, it was a massive solar storm in 1859 that fried telegraph machines all over Europe and North America.  You can read about it on Wikipedia right here.

Others share Singer’s concerns.

For example, check out what U.S. Representative Scott Perry said earlier this year

The consequences of such an attack could be catastrophic; all electronics, power systems, and information systems could be shut down,” Rep. Scott Perry said in prepared remarks during an EMP hearing in May held by the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. “This could then cascade into interdependent infrastructures such as water, gas, and telecommunications. While we understand this is an extreme case, we must always be prepared in case a rogue state decides to utilize this technology.”

What we are talking about is a potentially society-crippling event.

For much more on this, I encourage you to check out my previous article entitled “What Are You Going To Do When A Massive EMP Blast Fries The U.S. Electrical Grid?

In a worst case scenario, we could be facing a situation where the power grid is down for months or even years.

How would you and your family survive during such a crisis?

Even though this has never happened in modern times, it is a very real possibility.  In fact, just a couple of years ago the Earth experienced a very near miss.

As the Inquisitr detailed last month, such an event could throw us back into the pre-industrial age in a single instant…

According to Peter Vincent Pry, who advises Congress on homeland security issues, a large enough geomagnetic solar storm could produce effects similar to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generated by a nuclear weapon that “could collapse power grids everywhere on the planet and destroy EHV (extra high voltage) transformers and other electronic systems that would require years to repair or replace.” While the danger posed by a G5 solar storm gets mentioned occasionally at Congressional hearings, there really hasn’t been any major action.

Earlier this year, a Homeland Security adviser said America is not ready for an EMP attack, never mind a G5 solar storm, and it’s claimed that the U.S. power grid fails more often than any other in the world. If a large enough solar storm does impact the United States, the damaged electronic systems can cause a cascade of failures throughout the broader infrastructure, including banking systems, energy systems, transportation systems, food production and delivery systems, water systems, emergency services, and even the internet, so people may not even realize at first what has happened. Effectively, the U.S. would be thrown back to the pre-industrial age following a solar superstorm, and yet we are not prepared for the worst.

Usually people talk about how this could potentially happen “someday” in the future.

But with an extremely large solar storm currently rotating toward Earth, there is a very real possibility that an absolutely massive electromagnetic pulse could be headed our way at any time.

However, whether it happens next week, next month or next year, scientists assure us that it is inevitable that another Carrington Event will happen one day.

And when it finally happens and all the lights suddenly go out, what will our society look like afterwards?

  • K

    There is a reason many people refer to such an event, as a kill shot. When you add in all those nuke plants, on temporary back up power. The chances for long term survivability for many of us, is pretty slim.

  • DJohn1

    The key word here is potentially this could happen.
    What we need to know is what is causing this situation on the Sun.
    Stars do not go unstable very often. Our star is very closely observed by scientists all over the planet.
    2014 years ago there was a maverick star crossing the heavens in the middle east. Give or take a few years because no one knows how close we have the birth of Jesus and the events described in the New Testament to an actual date. I personally think Jesus was probably born in February of that year, whatever that year was. The Roman leader of the time does not coordinate with the Bible. SO Jesus could have been born 7 or 8 years prior to 0 on the Roman Calendar.
    Yet we have very little to go on. That maverick star called the Star of Bethlehem is not on our maps.

    3 Wisemen? Who were they? What did they record? Did they plot the orbit of that maverick body in the heaven? If so where are those records now?
    I speak of this because one possible cause of a Star doing as described might be a second star in the heavenly stage coming in to the Solar System.
    I find it significant that they are building an observatory in Antarctica. Because the closest neighboring Star system is 4.5 light years away and it is 3 stars together. One of those stars is a brown dwarf with potential planets. It is orbiting the other two stars fairly far out from the other two stars.
    The significance of this is that the supposed brown dwarf orbiting our Sun is approximately 2 light years away right now if that was the Star of Bethlehem. If it is in a stable comet like orbit of approximately 3600-3800 years in duration. If there are 6 or 7 planets orbiting this star. If one of those planets is huge in relation to the Brown Dwarf Star. If one of those planets has broken orbit with the star and is now traveling inwards towards our Sun.
    Such a planet might disturb the magnetic fields of all the planets as it came in.
    It should be visible if that is happening. Unless it is 50 degrees out of alignment with our solar system. If it is coming in from the far south of the orbits of all the planets. That is just one premise that could cause such a disruption of the Sun.
    If I read people that propose those things being true, then this planet would be coming in the opposite direction of the orbiting planets around the Sun. That might make it difficult to track if it is still outside the Solar System. I suggest it might come in as far as Saturn before swinging outwards. That might cause a star of bethlahem.

  • Bogdan

    “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

    But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:29-30)

    There is nothing random here, every atom moves with the permission of the Lord. If it is God’s will, the solar storm will hit us. Otherwise, it won’t.

    • Bogdan

      There is nothing we can do to change the course of a CME. We can only pray. An we can protect ourselves in a pretty limited manner. The rest is in God’s hands.

    • Paul

      Amen to that!

    • TK

      Dude, you don’t know what you are taking about. God’s will is that all men will repent and be saved. As for your calvinist view that not a single atom moves without God directing it, you have no biblical proof. .. We were created with a FREE WILL. That’s why men do bad things, not because God wants them to be bad or sinful. …

      • Guest

        ” Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” 2 Timothy 1:9

        Where was your will before the world began?

        • TK

          So…. every time a man is killed, or commits suicide, it is because of God’s direction? Please…. It is because man has a free will and chooses to sin… If we are directed to sin by God as some calvinists will say, then there would be no reason for “sinners” to be cast into hell… Even a 7 year old can figure this one out….

          • Guest

            I’ll appeal to Scripture for my answer.

            “Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Romans 9:18-21

            And, by the way, I’m not a Calvinist or “Reformed.” I simply believe what the Word of God says.

          • TK

            At Guest, you seem to have diverted from the main question. Does Man sin because they choose to, or because they are directed to by God… The scripture you quoted says nothing about sin… I am curious….

        • Fact

          The bible is no proof of its claims.

  • Symph

    Really, my comment was deleted because i dare question..oh forget it, this is propoganda

    • jaxon64

      Your comments were never deleted–quit being paranoid. New posters comments are checked against spamming–those who want everyone to “make $5,000 a day in your pajamas at home!”
      PS: I appreciate your clarification and added expertise on the topic–we could all do without the smarmy condescension please..

  • S0

    “The other day a flare erupted which did cause radio blackouts all over the world for a time. But we were fortunate that the flare was not directed at us. If it had been, the results could have potentially been catastrophic.”

    Umm, no, it wouldn’t be catastrophic. A class X-1 solar flare will not cause “catastrophe”. Many X-1 flares have directly hit the earth in the recent past. It’s going to take a carrington event strength flare (X-28) with massive Coronal Mass Ejections to cause an EMP. There is no need to sensationalize with rediculous fear tactics. The current activity on the sun is not capable of producing a carrington style event. The delta sites are still far to weak and low in number.

  • Paul

    Luke Ch 21:10 Then he told them, “Peoples will fight each other, nations will fight each other, 11 there will be great earthquakes, there will be epidemics and famines in various places, and there will be fearful sights and great signs from Heaven

    • Paul

      All people have to do is open their Bible to know the truth of what is taking place all around them.

  • Even if we prepare individually by protecting our electronics with a faraday cage, what good would it do if almost nothing else worked?

    • Jacq

      Very true. So we need to do two things: become independent as individuals and develop community with our closest neighbors. They are not mutually exclusive, It’s essential to build a rainwater collection system and store dry foods.

  • Undecider

    America could be shattered by an sun-oriented EMP. Meanwhile, the White House will be busy waging war in the Middle East.