Solar storms could cripple modern life | News - The Times


The solar flare was massive. It catapulted a giant blast of plasma across the solar system, easily punching its way into our protective magnetosphere. Seconds later it bombarded the Earth itself, a storm of particles that may have been powerful enough to send advanced civilisations back to the Iron Age.

Luckily though, it was 660BC so that’s where we were anyway.

Scientists studying ice cores have found evidence of a solar storm many times stronger than anything seen in the electronic age. They said that depending on the form it took, a repeat could cripple communications.

“This was a high level of particle radiation, ten times more than has been observed in the last 70 years,” Raimund Muscheler, of Lund University in Sweden, said. “If…

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