NASA: Big Geomagnetic Storm to strike Earth; can cause BLACKOUT globally; Stay safe this way | How-to

NASA: Big Geomagnetic Storm to strike Earth; can cause BLACKOUT globally; Stay safe this way

NASA: A colossal geomagnetic storm is just hours away from striking Earth, which may cause global electricity blackouts as well as interruptions in mobile phone networks. Keep yourself safe from solar storm this way.

| Updated on: Apr 14 2022, 11:43 IST
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NASA: Strong G2 class geomagnetic storm will hit Earth soon. The resultant electromagnetic radiation may cause global blackout as well as mobile phone disruptions. Check how to protect yourself from solar storm. (NASA)

NASA: A massive geomagnetic storm is just a few hours away from Earth. For the last two days, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been issuing alerts and sharing data on the progression of a halo coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun that erupted on Tuesday. The geomagnetic storm has created a big worry for all as its intensity has been increased by another CME, resulting in increasing both the speed and the intensity of the solar radiation. According to NASA, this has caused it to turn into a G2 class solar storm. The storm is expected to cause outages in shortwave radio signals. But it can also cause electricity blackouts, mobile network and Internet disruptions. While humans are not directly at risk due to the storm, it can damage their electronic devices. Read on to know more about this geomagnetic storm and how to protect yourself from it.

NASA: G2 class Geomagnetic storm to hit the Earth within hours

The Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI) has also posted on Twitter spreading awareness about this geomagnetic storm. It said, “A halo CME was detected by SOHO LASCO on 11 April. Our model fit indicates a very high probability of Earth impact on 14 April 2022 with speeds ranging between 429-575 km/s+”. It now remains to be seen the amount of damage the geomagetic storm can cause.

While a G5 class geomagnetic storm is generally considered the strongest, capable of causing damage to satellites, disrupting GPS, mobile phone networks, internet connectivity and power grid failure, a G2 geomagnetic storm can also cause some damage. Labeled as a moderate storm, this solar storm can disrupt communication channels including mobile networks, GPS systems and shortwave radio frequencies. In some cases, it can also cause voltage fluctuations in power lines and cause damage to electronic appliances. If you are scared of this geomagnetic storm, do note that they cannot harm humans as all the dangerous radiation is already absorbed by the atmosphere. However, follow these steps to protect your electronic appliances.

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First Published Date: 14 Apr, 11:43 IST