What would you do if there was a country-wide blackout for months? Let me put it in terms we all can understand… no computers, cell phones, television, credit/debits cards, or ELECTRICITY of any kind. Well, we may find out. NASA predicts that a solar storm in 2012 could fry all power grids and completely shut down… just about everything.
“This prediction of an active solar cycle suggests we are potentially looking at communication and navigation disruptions, satellite failures, disruption of electric grids and blackouts, and more dangerous conditions for —all these things,” Richard Behnke, director of upper atmosphere research with the National Science Foundation, said during the briefing.
“Impacts would be felt on interdependent infrastructures with, for example, potable water distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications lost in 12-24 hours; immediate or eventual loss of heating/air conditioning, sewage disposal, phone service, transportation, fuel resupply and so on,” the report states.
Outages could take months to fix, the researchers say. Banks might close, and trade with other countries might halt.
“Emergency services would be strained, and command and control might be lost,” write the researchers, led by Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
According to NASA:
Like most experts in the field, Hathaway has confidence in the conveyor belt model and agrees with Dikpati that the next solar maximum should be a doozy. But he disagrees with one point. Dikpati’s forecast puts Solar Max at 2012. Hathaway believes it will arrive sooner, in 2010 or 2011.
Is it time to invest in books, candles, and fruit trees? What do you think?