Space Weather Expert Makes Ominous Prediction

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mike Hapgood, a space weather scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, UK, made a startling prediction.

A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy to a halt.

Much of the planet’s electronic equipment, as well as orbiting satellites, have been built to withstand periodic geomagnetic storms but, the world is still not prepared for a truly damaging solar storm, Hapgood argues in a recent commentary published in the journal Nature.

The largest geomagnetic storm took place in 1859, having huge impacts on the telegraph, which suggests there would be similarly severe impacts on modern power grids. This was followed by the 1989 Quebec event.

Today, we use electricity to pump water into people’s houses and to pump the sewage away. We use credit cards, debit cards or we’re getting money out of an bank ATM. If we lost the power, the computers in the bank that keep track of our money will have back-up power, but not the ATMs or the machines in the shops. So if you had a big power outage, it wouldn’t be long before we’d be trying to find cash.

Scientists estimate there is a 12% chance of a repeat of the catastrophic 1859 event occurring in the next 10 years.

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

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11 Responses to Space Weather Expert Makes Ominous Prediction

  1. fuqmagazine says:

    Reblogged this on fuqmagazine.

  2. We’re a cashless society now. When the electricity fails, the world comes to a halt.

  3. Vivzz says:

    The modern world is completely dependent on electricity to function. I have often wondered what will happen if we lose power due to a devastating event like a the earth being hit by massive solar flares or a comet? Are we prepared or are we just whistling Dixie?

  4. feminazi says:

    This is the real Mayan disaster predicted thousands of years ago that so many people think will happen in December of 2012.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    The United States Congress is now made up of Tea Party loons and science denialists so I feel confident they will know precisely what to do to stave off a disaster outlined by Mike Hapgood. My guess is, our Congress will say something totally moronic like “pull a page from the Bible and use it as paper currency” when we can’t use our Visa debit cards or withdraw money from the bank.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    Solar flares? There are no solar flares. The large object in the sky isn’t the sun. It’s really God’s love raining down upon us. You obviously attended a public school run by Atheist communists. And to think I used to come here to be informed. Heretic!

  7. The Real Adam says:

    The United States reacts to natural disasters.

    If we were proactive, we could spend less resources cleaning up messes after the fact. But this would make use more like Japan or the dreaded French or the Chinese.

  8. Marcus Ybanez says:

    I would think anything potentially effecting the global monetary system would float to the top of the priority list?

    But at least in the U.S., fighting al Qaeda is the most important thing. Foolish America.

  9. Rachel says:

    Christopher – This thread is trending Number 2 on Google. Good work!

  10. Estacada says:

    Such preparation means spending money and in the USA, we only spend money on the military.

    I guess if and when Americans can’t get money out of their banks with their ATM, buy food or keep the sewage out of their home and start to riot, the military can petrol the streets to keep us calm and under control?

  11. justajeepguy says:

    If we lost power, the problem of having money is minuscule compared to keeping stores (most food stores) stocked. Most stores only keep stock on the shelves and are replenished every few days – caned as well as fresh.

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