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According to scientific confirmations, a major solar storm could result in a technological apocalypse. The result would be the – temporary – end of the internet.
The sun continuously hurls electromagnetic particles at our planet in the form of solar wind. Most of the time, these elements float safely towards the poles of the planet in the form of bright auroras. But every 100 years or so, this wind transforms into a solar storm, potentially aggravating the consequences of this phenomenon and endangering modern life as we know it.
“What really got me thinking about this is that, with the pandemic, we all saw how unprepared the world was. There was no protocol in place to deal with it effectively, and the same goes for the resilience of the internet…. our infrastructure is not prepared for a large-scale solar event,” says Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, assistant professor at the University of California.
The last time the Earth recorded such an event was in 1859, when a telegraph cable burst into flames, fire broke out and auroras were seen in Colombia.
A day without Internet could cost the US $7 billion. Fortunately, Abdu Jyothi says our planet would have 13 hours to prepare for a future severe solar storm.