Solar superstorm could knock out power grid and destroy electrical transformers
by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Solar activity has dramatically increased in recent years, causing consternation and concern among state and federal emergency planners who are worried about the occurrence of a solar “superstorm” that would cause untold damage to power and communication grids.
Adding to that concern is a new report by a group of experts in Britain who say such a storm is not only likely to occur in the short term, but is a near-certainty, given the historical cycle of such solar events.
The report about extreme space weather from the Royal Academy of Engineering in London said major solar superstorms generally occur, on average, once every 150-200 years. The group went on to note that the last major solar storm took place in 1859, long before the establishment of modern electrical grids and a century before space travel and satellites.
And while there have been no such solar events in the so-called space age, the team said, our highly technological world is much more vulnerable than at any time in the past.
The big one is coming…