Author Topic: Something else to worry about: Carrington event on surface of sun = lights out  (Read 2373 times)

Offline Sid

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127001.300-space-storm-alert-90-seconds-from-catastrophe.html?full=true

This article describes a NASA study on the possibility of a major electromagnetic event on the surface of the sun that could take out a large portion of the electric grid by melting most transformers.  They say it happened before in 1859, but we didn't have an electric grid then, just telegraph lines.

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Thanks for bringing this one. This is the one I have been personal prepping for since I found similar articles before this about a possible event. I am way behind where I want to be but I only recently found an article about it. Every time I read this I start thinking about the Y2K and how people don't worry because just look at what happened there. Even if the 2012 date is wrong this is something that has happened before ad can happen again.

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Read somewhere that this also happened in the last 20 years on a smaller scale but knocked out some grids.  Can anyone support this>

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Yep, could happen.  This one pops up in Jacks podcasts on occasion.  I put this fairly far down the probability scale.  But it is a concern and I am nowhere near ready for something like this.

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Anyone else seen the new movie "Knowing"?

Don't want to be a spoiler here but its an interesting take on the Sun's role in our existence...

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Someone told me that a Microwave Oven acts as a feraday box.  Does anyone know if a microwave would protect yoru small electronics from such an event?

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My understanding is that there is basically a Faraday cage around the cook area. Course if it's plugged in the line induction may have affects. But I am pretty sure if I remember project on Faraday cages the Microwave was one as is an Elevator or a large steel building a lot of the steel buildings farmers are putting up on their land could be if grounded properly used to protect electronics. 


Granted this is just a wiki article about it but you could chase down the work cited and check it's a pretty well understood scientific theory.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage

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Thank you, i will do some reading.  I have an old microwave and I figured I could store some radios, flashlights, etc in it.  JUST IN CASE.