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So... I don't get it. Is there a danger to PC hardware, or not? Should we turn off and unplug our PCs? I assume that inside a metal chassis our hardware is is fine if our PC isn't plugged in.
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Originally Posted by Lampen View Post
I wonder how strong that one in 1989 was if it managed to knock out power in Quebec.

Edit: Just found this:

March 13, 1989 - The Quebec Blackout Storm - Astronomers were busily tracking "Active Region 5395" on the Sun when suddenly it disgorged a massive cloud of superheated gas on March 10, 1989. Three days later, and seemingly unrelated to the solar paroxicism, people around the world saw a spectacular Northern Lights display. Most newspapers that reported this event considered the spectacular aurora to be the most newsworthy aspect of the storm. Seen as far south as Florida and Cuba, the vast majority of people in the Northern Hemisphere had never seen such a spectacle in recent memory. At 2:45 AM on March 13, electrical ground currents created by the magnetic storm found their way into the power grid of the Hydro-Quebec Power Authority. Giant capacitors tried to regulate these currents but failed within a few seconds as automatic protective systems took them off-line one by one. Suddenly, the entire 9,500 megawatt output from Hydro-Quebec's La Grande Hydroelectric Complex found itself without proper regulation. Power swings tripped the supply lines from the 2000 megawatt Churchill Falls generation complex, and 18 seconds later, the entire Quebec power grid collapsed. Six million people were affected as they woke to find no electricity to see them through a cold Quebec wintry night. People were trapped in darkened office buildings and elevators, stumbling around to find their way out. Traffic lights stopped working, Engineers from the major North American power companies were worried too. Some would later conclude that this could easily have been a $6 billion catastrophe affecting most US East Coast cities. All that prevented the cascade from affecting the United States were a few dozen capacitors on the Allegheny Network.
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post #13 of 48
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20110217...r-a7ad41d.html

... says that we may see the Aurora Borealis as a result of the flares if the skies are clear. Must remember to look up!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lampen View Post
I wonder how strong that one in 1989 was if it managed to knock out power in Quebec.

Edit: Just found this:

March 13, 1989 - The Quebec Blackout Storm - Astronomers were busily tracking "Active Region 5395" on the Sun when suddenly it disgorged a massive cloud of superheated gas on March 10, 1989. Three days later, and seemingly unrelated to the solar paroxicism, people around the world saw a spectacular Northern Lights display. Most newspapers that reported this event considered the spectacular aurora to be the most newsworthy aspect of the storm. Seen as far south as Florida and Cuba, the vast majority of people in the Northern Hemisphere had never seen such a spectacle in recent memory. At 2:45 AM on March 13, electrical ground currents created by the magnetic storm found their way into the power grid of the Hydro-Quebec Power Authority. Giant capacitors tried to regulate these currents but failed within a few seconds as automatic protective systems took them off-line one by one. Suddenly, the entire 9,500 megawatt output from Hydro-Quebec's La Grande Hydroelectric Complex found itself without proper regulation. Power swings tripped the supply lines from the 2000 megawatt Churchill Falls generation complex, and 18 seconds later, the entire Quebec power grid collapsed. Six million people were affected as they woke to find no electricity to see them through a cold Quebec wintry night. People were trapped in darkened office buildings and elevators, stumbling around to find their way out. Traffic lights stopped working, Engineers from the major North American power companies were worried too. Some would later conclude that this could easily have been a $6 billion catastrophe affecting most US East Coast cities. All that prevented the cascade from affecting the United States were a few dozen capacitors on the Allegheny Network.
Awesome find, really interested to see what happens with this solar flare

This time the whole world will go dark , lol
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post #15 of 48
It's not funny guys this is serious **** going on don't under estimate the mother nature cause
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post #16 of 48
Hold on, don't these "mass ejections" cause a massive electrical charge to pulse through the earth shorting all our electronics?
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Do we need to unplug everything to protect our computer's? TV's? Microwaves? Oven's?
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Why is everyone panicking?
     
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post #19 of 48
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Psh all you guys are overreacting. All you need to do is build a Faraday Cage around your homes/apartment buildings and you'll be fine

For those of you who don't understand the phenomena or notice the sarcasm rampant throughout the thread you'll probably not even notice unless you live toward the North and can see the lightshow . We might lose a couple satellites, but not much more than that. Power outages are incredibly rare for these events.
Edited by Lampen - 2/17/11 at 7:48am
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Kunches notes that even powerful flares are probably not catastrophic events, as a lot of the equipment affected by flares is built with the possibility of magnetic storms in mind. "The engineers that make these things, like satellites, they know a lot about the environment up there," he said. "They aren't stupid." While a major magnetic storm might cause some disruptions - satellite radio stations were affected by the 2003 events, for instance -- it won't necessarily do much damage, he said.
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/1136...storm-noaa.htm
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