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A Solar Storm can Hurt Us

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A Solar Storm can Hurt Us
A solar storm can affect technological systems on earth, making them inoperable and causing widespread communications blackout. In 1859, a geomagnetic storm hit Earth causing the most massive solar storm on record. If a similar strength solar flare hit earth today, it would produce widespread disruptions and damage our technological infrastructure.

Geomagnetic Storm & Impacts on Technology

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Geomagnetic Storm & Impacts on Technology

A geomagnetic storm disrupts our way of living by damaging the satellite technology that orbits our planet. When satellite systems fail, airliners can no longer use weather data to plan safe travel routes. As a result, all fights get grounded. This may have happened in October 2011 when the Anik F2 satellite failed due to an “anomaly” as cited by the owner Telesat, Canada. The satellite failure grounded all flights into and out of all 25 communities in the territory of Nunavut, Canada. The technological failure also closed all banks and ATM’s, restricted retail transactions to cash and reduced work productivity.