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National Intelligence Report Warns Of Potential Solar Flare Threat

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The Director of National Intelligence released the latest installment in a multi-year government preparedness forecasting report. Nestled among all the usual concerns was a segment about solar geomagnetic storms, or solar flares.

The National Intelligence report has been issued every four years beginning in 1997. Solar storms are not uncommon, but the Cycle 24 is expected to peak in 2013. Both NASA and NOAA monitor energy bursts on the surface of the sun which could disrupt the Earth’s magnetic field.

If intense solar flares occur, they can cause damage to satellites and electrical equipment and blackout radio signals, according to Forbes. Some fear that if an large solar geomagnetic storm occurs, it could collapse the electrical power grid on a global scale.

Long high-voltage transmission lines such in America, Canada, Australia, and China could be particularly vulnerable. The National Intelligence report warns that until “cures” are put into place super solar storms pose a “large-scale” threat to the economy and social order.

The Carrington Event of 1859 is regarded as one of the strongest known solar storms in history. Since the telegraph was the most technologically advanced infrastructure at the time, the daily routine of our ancestors was not largely impacted. The 1859, solar flare was so strong that telegraph lines caught on fire and operators were reportedly shocked when sitting at their desks.

In our gadget-infused and electricity-reliant modern world, the overall impact on society is expected to be much greater should the strong solar flares predicted to peak in 2013 become a reality. Many experts believe that if a storm as strong the 1859 Carrington Event occurred today, it could be one of the “greatest catastrophes” in history.

According to national laboratory studies, a powerful solar flare could terminate electrical service to more than a hundred million people and cause trillions of dollars in damage. Those who have not stockpiled emergency food and other necessities could be in dire straits before the estimated months (or years according to some statistics) it could take to completely restore the power grid.

Renowned solar geomagnetic researcher John Kappenman recently created an Oak Ridge National Laboratory report on the power disruptions which could cause serious problems for the electrical distribution system. An excerpt from the Kappenman report reads:

“Geomagnetic storm environments can develop instantaneously over large geographic footprints. They have the ability to essentially blanket the continent with an intense threat environment and … produce significant collateral damage to critical infrastructures. In contrast to well-conceived design standards that have been successfully applied for more conventional threats, no comprehensive design criteria have ever been considered to check the impact of the geomagnetic storm environments. The design actions that have occurred over many decades have greatly escalated the dangers posed by these storm threats for this critical infrastructure.”

http://www.fas.org/irp/nic/index.html

The United States power grid has reportedly expanded nearly tenfold during the past 50 years, according to the New York Times. The average age of a substation transformer is approximately 42 years old. Ironically, newer technology may be more vulnerable than older portions of the antiquated American power grid. According to Kappenman’s research, high-voltage equipment is more susceptible to damage.

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9 Responses to “National Intelligence Report Warns Of Potential Solar Flare Threat”

  1. Velasco Legasi

    The Bible is so clear about the SOLAR flare to devastate the world. read revelation 16:8-9, malachi 4:1 and isaiah 30:26. thank God the Rapture will happen before it occurs. 1thessalonians 4;13-18

  2. Ron Foster

    I liked the book Preppers Road March which tells a fictional account of how one man survives after a solar storm takes the electrical grid out.

  3. Pandit Satyanand Jee

    I just happened to come across these comments by anonymous here…..

    http://space.brevardtimes.com/2012/10/suns-coronal-mass-ejection-to-reach.html

    Maybe you are troubling someone out there….. I happened to talk to them…..

    If people are stars…. then who is the sun ?….

    http://space.brevardtimes.com/2012/10/suns-coronal-mass-ejection-to-reach.html

    Okay I am Mr.anonymous….. Errr…. what do you see of me ?….. when you call my name……. "AJAI"…… looks so familiar to some, yeah it does….. looks somewhat similar to the name of "Tetra*^*^……

    nothing special, except we the people born now share our names, with them from the past….. AJAI is one of the names in Hindi of the planet "JUPITER"….. and they say the eye of jupiter shines in the sun…… AND it does for some….. BUT THIS IS WEIRD…..

    So read those comments thoroughly….. thanks….

    AND on 21-12-12….. I decided it was enough…… I had been trying to make contact since 2008-2009….. but you folks ain't listening….. and troubling yourself…..

    So YOU SEE MORE SOLAR ACTIVITY…… Ahhhh…… and you might see filaments, when I am angry….. not many these days….. Oooh……

    But fear not , YOU JUST SEE A FLARE, when I meet others……. . Oooh I am so sorry, but they are the ones scaring you….. I didn't even ring your doorbell…..

    Just shut down your sick satellites, and stop staring at the stars…. and you will regain PEACE….

    And now you do know me…. and my name….. The sun's corona might get little bigger…. and that won't kill either of us….

    Oooh……

    *************

    And I returned back to sanity (????)….. on 21-12-12…….

    *************

    So it is all about the names we have….. Ahhh….. and we suffer the same fate….. and the people with the names new & stranger are more successful….

    there seems no point in palying Jupiter & Sun no more….. even planet mercury been missing from the c2& c3 images for quite some time now…..

    SCANNING THE SKIES FOR A NAME better….. what is it that people are always proud of, and find adorable, when they have it….. and is also considered valuable & desirable by the people, who don't have it…..

    Shall update you later on this….. It seems, your guess is as good as mine….

    Meanwhile, Suggestions for a new name for self are invited…. so hurry up, before they close the comments section here….

    You may follow up with my Facebook account here…..

    http://www.facebook.com/oneninesixsixajaidev.malik

    Thanks…..

  4. Pandit Satyanand Jee

    I just happened to come across these comments by anonymous here…..

    http://space.brevardtimes.com/2012/10/suns-coronal-mass-ejection-to-reach.html

    Maybe you are troubling someone out there….. I happened to talk to them…..

    If people are stars…. then who is the sun?

    http://space.brevardtimes.com/2012/10/suns-coronal-mass-ejection-to-reach.html

    Okay I am Mr.anonymous….. Errr…. what do you see of me? when you call my name……. "AJAI"…… looks so familiar to some, yeah it does….. looks somewhat similar to the name of "Tetra*^*^……

    nothing special, except we the people born now share our names, with them from the past….. AJAI is one of the names in Hindi of the planet "JUPITER"….. and they say the eye of jupiter shines in the sun…… AND it does for some….. BUT THIS IS WEIRD…..

    So read those comments thoroughly….. thanks….

    AND on 21-12-12….. I decided it was enough…… I had been trying to make contact since 2008-2009….. but you folks ain't listening….. and troubling yourself…..

    So YOU SEE MORE SOLAR ACTIVITY…… Ahhhh…… and you might see filaments, when I am angry….. not many these days….. Oooh……

    But fear not , YOU JUST SEE A FLARE, when I meet others…….. Oooh I am so sorry, but they are the ones scaring you….. I didn't even ring your doorbell…..

    Just shut down your sick satellites, and stop staring at the stars…. and you will regain PEACE….

    And now you do know me…. and my name….. The sun's corona might get little bigger…. and that won't kill either of us….

    Oooh……

    *************

    And I returned back to sanity (?)….. on 21-12-12…….

    *************

    So it is all about the names we have….. Ahhh….. and we suffer the same fate….. and the people with the names new & stranger are more successful….

    there seems no point in palying Jupiter & Sun no more….. even planet mercury been missing from the c2& c3 images for quite some time now…..

    SCANNING THE SKIES FOR A NAME better….. what is it that people are always proud of, and find adorable, when they have it….. and is also considered valuable & desirable by the people, who don't have it…..

    Shall update you later on this….. It seems, your guess is as good as mine….

    Meanwhile, Suggestions for a new name for self are invited…. so hurry up, before they close the comments section here….

    You may follow up with my Facebook account here…..

    http://www.facebook.com/oneninesixsixajaidev.malik

    Thanks…..

  5. Pandit Satyanand Jee

    And I forgot to inform you…..

    That CMEs are just a signs & parts of a gentleman's life…… and the space commands finds you guilty of trying to scare yourself…..

  6. Anonymous

    Kind attn : Dr.Tara Do-Drill…… I have got a surprise for you….. of the people who connect to me, I am also able to find some of them crawling down here……

    And there images do appear on the surface of the sun…..

    And your portrait is here…..

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=pcb.128605403980778&type=1

    Now I ask you to STOP WRITING about these events anywhere….. coz, these are just the signs of activities & connections down here….. AS ABOVE, SO BELOW…..