Giant Solar flare can destroy mobile phones, internet and other tech; find out how

If a massive solar storm hits Earth, it would wreak havoc on the Internet, mobile phones and more. Know how

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 12:53 IST
Solar storm
A giant solar storm can knock out phones, internet and more on Earth. (NASA)
Solar storm
A giant solar storm can knock out phones, internet and more on Earth. (NASA)

A large solar flare can knock out all of Earth's electronic devices and gadgets. A solar flare throws out heat and massive radiation, but also produces electromagnetic pulses. As reported by, the induced current produced due to these geomagnetic storms is more than 100 amperes and can cause internal damage in the components, also leading to large scale power outages even. A solar storm can affect a majority of the electrical systems that are being used every day. However, you can protect your electronics from solar flares and electromagnetic pulses (EMP) without even spending hundreds of dollars on high-tech equipment. Know what a solar flare is and how it can affect your tech.

What is a Solar Flare and how it can affect your tech?

Solar flares are basically explosions on the sun's surface that throw out heat, light, and massive radiation as well as induced current. While minor flares don't create havoc, but a really strong solar flare could create havoc on the earth. .

The flares take place when parts of the Sun's magnetic fields cross and reorganise themselves causing the sun to throw out enormous heat, light, and radiation.

Fortunately, scientists can predict solar flares before they happen, and if they occur, it still takes time for thevm to reach our planet. This means we can get enough time to secure our tech before the solar flare can reach us. The part that really affect tech seriously is referred to as an EMP. It contains a bunch of charged particles and when they hit something conductive, they impart that charge on that conductive object, creating current in a part of a circuit that overloads a powered line. This can fry components and even melt wires when they become overloaded.

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First Published Date: 10 Jun, 15:33 IST