Super Solar Storm of July 2012 Could Have Crippled Earth

If the super solar storm of 2012 had hit the earth, “we would still be picking up the pieces,” says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado.

In their paper, entitled “A major solar eruptive event in July 2012,” Baker and his peers described how a powerful coronal mass ejection from the sun barely missed the earth on July 23, 2012. The effect could have caused widespread havoc as millions of people would have lost electric power.

Even flushing your toilet would be hard because most urban water supplies depend on electricity too run their pumps.

People talk about near misses by asteroids and comets, but they rarely think about things like a coronal mass ejection.

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