In 1859, a powerful geomagnetic storm hit the Earth and caused telegraph lines to explode. It resulted in power outages across Europe and North America.
If a similarly powerful solar storm hit the planet today, the effects would be far more devastating because of the technologically reliant civilization we have.
Unfortunately, the possibility of another Carrington event happening is not far-fetched. Aware of this possibility, the White House has already come up with action plans should a powerful solar storm hit the planet again.
What Could Happen if a Powerful Solar Storm Hits Earth?
Research suggests there's a 12 percent possibility that a powerful solar storm would occur in the next decade. Just like with other natural calamities, unwanted events could occur. A powerful storm may penetrate our magnetic field, damage our electric power system, and bring our civilization back into the dark ages in as little as a few hours.
Without electric power, we cannot use many of the devices we rely so much on in this modern world, such as computers, home appliances, and ATMs.
A 2008 study has found that if a similar event happened today, it would have devastating economic consequences 20 times the economic impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Are You Prepared?
A power outage after a powerful solar storm may last months. It may take a long time to replace damaged transformers. Humless Reliable Power Systems says it may help if you have a portable solar generator powerful enough to provide crucial backup power when outages strike.
Basic emergency preparedness can also boost your chances of surviving and bouncing back after a disaster. Experts recommend having evacuation routes and a family emergency plan. Have an emergency kit that contains medication, flashlight, non-perishable food, and water.
It may be trivial to prepare for an emergency, but your preparation could be your lifeline when calamity strikes.