Severe Solar Storm Could Force World Offline for Weeks, Even Months
The world could be offline for weeks, even months if a severe solar storm were to create an electromagnetic pulse. It would disable satellites and in some instances damage electrical equipment on the ground with its powerful magnetic field.
A severe solar storm that creates an electromagnetic pulse may leave us completely without power for days or weeks at a time until scientists are able re-power all of our electronic devices which currently make up nearly 50% of electricity production worldwide according to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The sun emits these types storms when it has strong eruptions from coronal mass ejections (CMEs). They can produce energy equivalente
A severe solar storm could cause the world to go offline for weeks or even months, according to a new study.
A recent report by Lloyd’s of London has found that an extreme geomagnetic disturbance (GMD), which is when there are large amounts of energy in Earth’s magnetosphere caused by violent eruptions on the sun’s surface, would likely cost $2 trillion globally and require almost two years’ worth of economic output just to recover from it. This means that if such a disaster was occurring today then we might not be able see anything work again until 2020!