Earth gets hit by massive solar storm

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A severe solar storm has slammed Earth, increasing the chances of fluctuations in power grids and GPS.

America’s National Aeronautic and Space Administration said a potent blast of magnetic plasma shot out of the sun around 6am this morning (NZ time), travelling faster than usual, hitting Earth with the biggest solar storm since March, maybe since September 2005.

Caused by the intense radiation burst of a solar flare on the Sun, a solar storm can disturb the atmospheric layer where GPS (Global Positioning Systems) signals broadcast, leading to communications disruptions. The storm’s electromagnetic radiation can also cause electrical transformers to blow, leading to power cuts.

America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the storm could last a day or longer. Check the NOAA website for more information on the effects of the solar storm.

Full article: Earth gets hit by massive solar storm (stuff.co.nz)

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