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We Nearly Got Zapped by the Sun

Two weeks ago the sun emitted an electromagnetic pulse that would have caused a catastrophe on Earth had it struck us. But it passed through Earth's orbit two weeks before we arrived at the point of intersection. Had it hit our planet, it would have destroyed hundreds of the massive transformers that our electric grids depend on. It is unknown how extensive the damage might have been had the pulse hit us, but if its greatest energy had struck the United States, larger areas of the country would have been left without power possibly for years, and the country as we now know it could have ended.

EMP events are not rare, but this particular storm was nearly the equivalent of the 1859 'Carrington Event,' the largest solar storm ever recorded. In 1859, all it did was disrupt telegraph systems. Had the same thing happened two weeks ago and the US taken a direct hit, it is possible that most of the country would have ended up without power for years.

In Whitley Strieber's ebook Solar Flares, he points to a 2008 National Academy of Sciences study that showed that, if 350 of the massive transformers that our power grid depends on were destroyed, it would be ten years at least before power could be restored. During this time, it is estimated that more than half of the American people would die, and the country would be destroyed as an organized society.

Former CIA Director James Woolsey has recently been urging Congress and the Obama Administration to do what Whitley Strieber suggests in Solar Flares and harden our electrical infrastructure against this danger. So far, there is rising Congressional interest but a lack of response from the Administration. This must change.

Read Whitley Strieber's Solar Flares and write your congressman. Action is essential now.


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I don't think we even got close on this past event to getting zapped according to this source: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTiL1q9YbrVam5nP2xzFTWQ

Dunno though. I am not a scientist.

Got into listening to this video - then watched and skipped forward... I got a creepy feeling about these "suits" selling this EMP stuff. Sounds more like the typical lobbyist crapola to me. LOL - they sure catered to Late Night, "they're way ahead of the rest." (well... DUH!)

Then reading the comments - quite a bit of info on my thoughts above without posting anything from my initial thoughts.

Appears the wrong experts were sitting at the table. (what's new? LOL)

NASA did report high level solar flares, three in a row, in May, the biggest of this year.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News051213-flare.html

Around July 18-19, there was an unusually massive coronal hole at the north area of the sun. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/gallery/20130618-coronal...
I imagine that such a coronal hole would have ejected a proportionately huge quantity of solar winds, but fortunately, they were not headed our way.

Yes, there is cause for concern, because one day we could be in the way of such a stream of solar winds, and yes, that would be devastating. NASA and other space agencies are, for some reason (probably funding), very tight-lipped about potential dangers from the cosmos, and have often issued dry, short reports on such potential dangers - such as close passings (between us and the moon) of asteroids earlier this year - just on their passing or AFTER they have passed.

But even based on the little I know, it seems very reasonable to be concerned about the effects of a big solar flare, and we should be protecting our systems.

As for the video, yes, they take an awfully long time to say what needs to be said because it is necessary for everyone to show what they know, give due acknowledgement, show support for what everyone else has said, and all those political bureaucratic niceties. But the message is good, the information is sound, and the warning should be attended to. I hope it will be. Thanks for posting it Whitley.

Has anyone thought about the possibility that the reason nobody in power seems to care much about this threat is that it is not a threat to them just to us the regular people that have to use the regular outdated power grid? The military-industrial complex's power grid was hardened a long time ago. Their way of life would hardly be affected but our way of life would be destroyed.

The Fox report is false. See clarification from Spaceweather.com. Has it dawned on folks that the solar panic that started in 2010 was exactly that: a panic button reaction that has failed to materialize. It pays off to fact-check sources, especially mainstream media hounds.

Dr. Tony Phillips from Spaceweather.com

SPACE WEATHER FACT CHECK: Many readers are asking about a report in the Washington Examiner, which states that a Carrington-class solar storm narrowly missed Earth two weeks ago. There was no Carrington-class solar storm two weeks ago. On the contrary, solar activity was low throughout the month of July. The report is erroneous. The possibility of such a storm is, however, worth thinking about: A modern Carrington event would cause significant damage to our high-tech society. Solar flare alerts: text, voice.

People should not reprint news or other information with out checking the validity of the facts ......... A thank you to Phyllis Duran. A few more reports like this could see the membership here decline as people lose faith in what they are reading.

Please remove this, as usual the internet lies. per http://www.spaceweather.com/
There was no Carrington-class solar storm two weeks ago.

What good does a story like this do? We ALMOST got zapped bfd. All this story does is stir up the fear that already infects most of the population of the US. A frightened people are a controllable people and this site is feeding into it big time. Unknown Country has been peddling fear for a long time now. It used to present hope for the future... now everything is be afraid... be very afraid. How sad.

If incorrect then the story should be corrected but not entirely removed. It's only prudent to upgrade the power grid. It wouldn't cost that much, would give some people temporary jobs, and would stave off potential disaster. The fact is Carrington events do occur (one occurred in Carrington back in 1859). We have the resources to plan for and ameliorate these potential problems, so let's get off our duffs and go the good work. Let's be good stewards of the infrastructure that our fellow citizens and children depend upon. We'd be better off spending our resources on that, than on a new weapons system. Let's make a good future.

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