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.
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