Sun wakes up, spews X-flare toward Earth

From: wnd.com, by: F. Michael Maloof, on: March 12, 2015, see the article HERE.

Solar X-flare vs earthWASHINGTON – The sun’s first X-flare of the year – packed with an electromagnetic pulse effect capable of damaging electrical grids and unguarded electronics – erupted Wednesday in the direction of Earth, and its full impact is yet to be felt.

The flare, observed by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite, contains the energy of millions of hydrogen bombs exploding all at once.

The sun is at its solar storm maximum, but solar flare activity on its surface has been unusually quiet.

However, a direct hit from an X-flare, the most powerful category, can have a major impact on communications, electrical grid systems and other unprotected electronics and automated control systems that run life-sustaining critical infrastructures.

The flares – some of which can be more than 20 times the size of the Earth – spew electromagnetic energy such as gamma rays.

The radiation travels at the speed of light, or around 186,000 miles a second, meaning it could reach Earth in as little as eight minutes.

The flares come in a number of categories, with X being the most powerful and A being the weakest, followed by B, C and then M. Each letter represents a 10-fold increase in energy from the flare. An X-flare, therefore, is 10 times as powerful than M and 100 times more powerful than C. Within each letter class, there is a scale of 1 to 9.

The flare that spewed from the Sun on Wednesday was an X2.1.

Within the flares are tons of highly charged particles of matter known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, which in turn cause geomagnetic storms. It is the geomagnetic storms that cause the massive disruptions of Earth to communications and electrical grids.

The particles, however, don’t travel as fast as the radiation in the flares.

Earth has yet to experience the effects of the CME that was unleashed on Wednesday from the X2.1 flare.

The area of the Earth most affected by the solar flares and CMEs extends from the Northeastern United States, down the East Coast, into the Gulf of Mexico, then into Central and all of South America.

The initial effect first felt Wednesday from the X2.1 flare was on communications, with a radio blackout in the frequency range of 15 MHz to 26 MHz for about a half hour on the sunlit side of Earth.

Because the United States and other Western countries are technologically based societies, with critical infrastructures run by electronics, the space weather takes on an added importance.

For one thing, the U.S. national grid system already is vulnerable.

An electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, can seriously damage or fry the unprotected grid, including transformers, electrical components and automated control systems that everyone takes for granted in their everyday lives.

As a consequence, it could take months, if not years, to replace.

NASA estimates a direct hit to Earth from one of these enormous flares would have a catastrophic, cascading impact on the nation’s critical infrastructures over a very wide geographical area.

In the first year alone, NASA estimates, such a disaster could cost just the U.S. upward of $2 trillion. It also would take from four to 10 years to recover – if that even would be possible – and affect the lives of some 160 million people, threatening starvation and death.

Some EMP experts say that such a catastrophic event could wipe out America’s urban centers, due to their total dependency on critical infrastructures for electricity, communications, food and water delivery, oil and gas, transportation, automated banking and financial institutions, and even emergency services.

The experts say grocery stores, for example, would have their shelves cleared in a matter of hours due to the panic that would sweep the population. Normally, grocery stores carry a maximum of three days of products before being restocked. However, restocking would come to a halt due to the inability of trucks to function, with fueling stations unable to pump the fuel needed to run the vehicles.

Automated control devices that regulate the flow of oil and natural gas through the hundreds of thousands of miles of pipelines that crisscross the nation would be tripped, causing geographically widespread secondary fires and explosions.

Such an event would not just occur in a remote field. Fires and explosions also could occur under streets and even into people’s houses.

The inability of fire and medical emergency services to respond would result in further disastrous consequences for the population.

Because automated systems ensure fresh water delivery, all filtering and sewage systems in the urban setting would face the high prospect of shutting down, leading to disease such as cholera and dysentery. In addition, there would be little likelihood of medical attention because the hospitals and first responders’ emergency equipment which rely on electronics and communications equipment might no longer function.

Hospitals would have backup generators. However, if the generators have electrical starters, they might not function at all. Others may run on gasoline or diesel and only function for as long as there is fuel, which would need to be trucked in by vehicles with automated starters.

NASA estimates that as many as 350 of the large, customized transformers, which maintain a power supply across the nation and are only produced abroad, would be destroyed.

Because they are expensive – some costing as much as $20 million a copy – utilities don’t keep spares on hand. They could take years to replace, especially if a number of technologically dependent countries’ transformers are affected by a direct solar flare or CME impact.

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By now, any reasonably intelligent person knows what havoc can befall us puny humans if one of these X-class CME’s happens to hit the earth directly. If you don’t, does the term “Armageddon” mean anything to you?

Admittedly, the chances are slim that this one will have our tiny planet in its sights, but if it did, we’d be in deep doo-doo. I wrote a four-part series titled, “Forecast: Millions Dead Within a Year.” You can read it HERE if you’re interested. The series expands on the description in this piece and describes how a solar EMP can push our civilization back into the dark ages. If you don’t know much about the impact of a solar-generated EMP as powerful as this one can have on our day-to-day life, you should read it.

Garnet92

 

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29 Responses to Sun wakes up, spews X-flare toward Earth

  1. Kathy says:

    Eight minutes? That’s not much warning. With all the technology in today’s world, you’d think we’d be better prepared and have safeguards in place.

    Our gung-ho government that’s so hell-bent on ‘helping’ us doesn’t have a grip on this. To be dependent on transformers that are only produced abroad seems careless. Planning and coordination with utility providers would have been a great idea.

    • Garnet92 says:

      That’s not likely Kathy. I should have caught that – I checked and according to knowledgeable sources, CME’s don’t all travel at the same speed. Some (the turbocharged ones) could get here in a matter of 20 minutes or so (not 8) whereas others could take 4 or 5 days. It’s interesting that the scientists admit that even after they’ve “measured” the speed of the CME, and forecast when it will strike earth, they can still be off by 6 hours.

      Somehow, when our own earthly weather people can’t get tomorrow’s forecast right, we’re supposed to rely on their predictions related to the sun’s activities?

  2. captbogus2 says:

    I am confused. If the radiation travels at the speed of light how could there be a warning since any detecting device would also be at the speed of light which means by the time it is detected it would be here?
    If the solar flare is seen via telescope, well, same thing. The telescope is showing you the sun as it was 8 minutes ago so as soon as you see the flare aren’t you zapped??

    • Garnet92 says:

      They’re using space-based equipment to measure the sun’s activity and they’re forecasting up to 3 days in advance the expectation of CME or sunspot activity so the military and satellite operators can react appropriately.

  3. BrianR says:

    This type of thing can probably cause “climate change”, and should be banned. We need to pass a law…

  4. Uriel says:

    Lol Brian. By the time a warning signal satellite could hit its siren, there would be globs of metal streaming toward earth. Garnet I did a similar study long ago before USGS started restricting the Real facts. Every flare produces some ripple effect but mastadons on this order ARE true climate and game changers. If people are looking for evolution changes and puzzled about their trigger, I suggest thinking about such flares bombarding century after century. These Also affect genetics down to the quark level.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Right Uriel, it would be like having the granddaddy of all x-ray machines zapping us over and over and could be responsible for all sorts of genetic abnormalities.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Quark levels are pretty darn tiny! Perhaps this is the problem with all the PSP’s…..it’s not a virus or smoking too much goat turds in their hookahs!!!…it’s their DNA was changed by sunflares! It screwed up their central bio-computer ( aka brain) so it doesn’t work as efficiently anymore!

  5. Clyde says:

    Good post, but I’ve got to agree with Brian here. Calling Al Gore !!!!!

  6. Grouchy says:

    It this thing had us in its sights, It would make the Carrington Event of 1859 look like a birthday cake candle next to a Klieg Light. We’d already be toasted marshmallows.

    But this is a “warning shot across the bows”. Remember, we are coming into the period of Solar Maximum for this cycle. And it’s only by Universal Graciousness that we’ve been spared thus far~!

    • Garnet92 says:

      You’re right G-man, but it’s going to take a hit or a near miss that impacts us before we realize how miniscule our puny little planet is in the His grand scheme.

  7. I.R. Wayright says:

    We just spent another billion dolars launching four space craft that will monitor impacts on our megnetosphere. Okay, so they will have some more data on effects of sunspot activity. Why not spend that much on hardening our grid and stock piling the transformers likely to be destroyed and in short supply in the event a CME is aimed just right? Or a deliberate EMP attack on our grid by an enemy?

    • Garnet92 says:

      I.R., we’re acting like some unthinking cretin who just “knows” that it’ll never happen so I don’t need any insurance – that could apply to auto, homeowner, etc. kind of insurance. But the impact of a CME/EMP hit will be so much more serious. It seems that we’d rather “connect the dots” afterwards to place blame rather than prepare for what could be a catastrophic event.

      Our Congress refuses to address the problem. There’ve been several bills proposed to harden our grid, but to no avail.

      And they also apparently refuse to consider that both Iran and N. Korea have done testing that exhibit all of the characteristics of launching a high altitude EMP weapon. It’s entirely conceivable that we could see one of those evil nations launch a strike in the next few years.

  8. Hardnox says:

    I hope the guy issuing the alarm doesn’t stutter.

    Seriously, this is bad. Scientists have been warning about this for years and little has been done to prevent it. There must not be any big payoffs in it since the moron administrations around the globe have invested trillions in the fraudulent global warming bullshit instead.

    • Garnet92 says:

      You broke the code Nox – there is no money to be made in preparing for a natural disaster, especially one that most people aren’t even aware is possible.

      If Big Al has a eureka moment and joins up with the Clintons and Obamas to create a market for aluminum-foil hats to protect us from EMPs – then government grants will become available.

    • Blessed B. says:

      ya.deeb, ya.deeb., ya deeb… Uh….that’s all folks!

  9. CW says:

    I’m surprised the leftists haven’t seized on this possible catastrophe in the making as an excuse to exert greater control over the people and the power supply, etc. They’re missing a prime opportunity.

  10. Blessed B. says:

    Has anyone else been experiencing their computers acting up on them? Today mine has been frustrating the beggeegees out of me! It’ll freeze up or take me somewhere into the twilight zone that I know I didn’t even click on or knew existed….

    Then maybe again it’s obi and minions just screwin’ with me……they know I’m here!

    • Grouchy says:

      It ain’t just you, Blessed B.
      I just blew hell out of a WORD document, that I’d worked on for a long time. And I have NO idea what happened, or what I did, or what changed. But the template and platform layout is NOT set up the way I work.
      Alec Tron and Millie Watt are having a hellluva party, m’thinks.

      • Blessed B. says:

        I think they are too! Or….it’s our quarks getting scrambled and extra DNA added! LOL!

        Glad I’m not the only one having a problem with electronics today but feel sorry for you and what you were working on!

        If we just had stuck to paper and pen or smoke signals…this wouldn’t be happening!

      • Uriel says:

        Oh no Grouchy! Poor thing. Been there a time or two. Mine is fluttering a Lot when I click on some sites. I know I am listed but put it down to wifi. Except my wifi is first in line out of main terminal box. Seems it happens more or less when I go to specific sites like ones you guys use in blogs.

        • Blessed B. says:

          Does that fluttering usually happen or has it just been today that it’s happening?

          We don’t use Wi-Fi here…we have cable.

          So….. you’re on the naughty list too, eh? Yeah….so am I! They think I’m going to start the next revolution like some Joan of Arc or something! PFFT!