I'm not particularly worried, the dangers posed by CMEs and our vulnerability to them are overstated, though not any where near as overstated as the dangers of terrorism.
Originally Posted by Shadowrunner340
And, for whatever reason, you think the same storm that takes out Britain's grid won't affect the grid in the US?
Depends on the duration of the storm, the latitude, the horizon, and the relative robustness of each grid.
Originally Posted by Use
Oh wait, is my laptop safe in the microwave? Turned off of course.
Probably safe on a table.
Originally Posted by guiJY
Ice cores contain thin nitrate-rich layers that can be used to reconstruct a history of past events before reliable observations. These show evidence that events of this magnitude—as measured by high-energy proton radiation, not geomagnetic effect—occur approximately once per 500 years, with events at least one-fifth as large occurring several times per century. Less severe storms have occurred in 1921 and 1960, when widespread radio disruption was reported. Another severe solar storm occurred in March 2012, with major disruption possibly limited only to a spacecraft closer to the Sun than Earth.
Still 300 years away. Even if it happens, you'd have no way of stopping it anyway.
. Plus, the geomagnetic effect might not be that large if it occurs.
Approximately once every 500 years is an average over geologic time scales.
Next such even could happen today, tomorrow, or 5,000 years from now.
Originally Posted by redsunx
So your water heater works via solar panels? The only thing I'd imagine that would happen is that your water gets a little warmer than usual.
Not how solar water heaters or photovoltaic cells work.
Originally Posted by l88bastar
Lmao...your all missing the point. We have over 100 nuclear reactors in the United States and one good CME will knock out the grid which powers the cooling solutions for these reactors. We have made no concession in our reactor designs for this problem and would be ***** if a major CME occured. Imagine Fukushima Japan times every nuclear reactor around the globe. This would be an ELE...humanity would be done.
Not remotely so.
A few hundred reactor meltdowns, not that such a thing would happen (not every reactor has the same flaws as old GE BWR designs), would not kill a significant number of people, even if no effort was made to contain them (and efforts would be made).