High Alert as Third Solar Storm Hurtles Towards Earth

Pakalert August 9, 2011 0

Three large solar explosions from the Sun are threatening to cause chaos on earth, with energy from the release potentially shutting down communications systems and power grids across the world.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — a U.S. agency that focuses on the condition of the oceans and atmosphere — said the magnetic storm that is soon to develop would probably be in the moderate to strong level, prompting warnings it power operators and other industries that could be affected.

“We now know how powerful space weather can be and how events that begin on the surface of the Sun can end up wreaking havoc here on Earth,” said said Tom Bogdan, director of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. “This is why NOAA has a Space Weather Prediction Center – to forecast when space weather is coming our way, so we can avoid or mitigate damages.”

The first of the three solar explosions from the sun already passed Thursday and Friday with little impact but forecasts are calling for the second, passing this weekend is thought to be stronger.

But there is a third coming this week.

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