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2012 - 2013: Solar "SuperStorm" / "Super Tormenta" Solar

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Event date / time:
Friday, December 21, 2012   12:00 AM
Event place:
Planet Earth / Planeta Tierra
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NASA warns a coming solar storm could eliminate – at least temporarily across large swaths of the world – power grids, air travel and communications, including those operating financial services and emergency systems, as well as GPS functions and even cell phones.

"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity," said Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division.
"At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms"

"We know it is coming but we don't know how bad it is going to be," Fisher told The Daily Telegraph. "It will disrupt communication devices such as satellites and car navigations, air travel, the banking system, our computers, everything that is electronic. It will cause major problems for the world. Large areas will be without electricity power and to repair that damage will be hard as that takes time.

"Systems will just not work," he warned. "The flares change the magnetic field on the earth that is rapid and like a lightning bolt. That is the solar effect."
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La NASA ha alertado acerca de una posible tormenta solar devastadora en 2013. Según sus estimaciones, el plasma solar dañaría gravemente los sistemas de comunicaciones (televisión e Internet) y energía, y sus efectos serían 20 veces más intensos que los del huracán Katrina.

“Creo que estamos en una nueva era en la que el clima espacial puede llegar a ser tan influyente en nuestra vida cotidiana como el clima terrestre común”, ha afirmado Richard Fisher, jefe de la División Heliofísica de la NASA.“El Sol está despertando de un profundo sueño y en los próximos años esperamos ver niveles mucho más altos de actividad solar. Al mismo tiempo, nuestra sociedad tecnológica ha desarrollado una sensibilidad sin precedentes a las tormentas solares”
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MAIN SOURCES: NASA

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2006/10mar_stormwarning/

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/29may_noaaprediction/

Articles in well known News Broadcaster:

CNN Report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_TzIUlaQok

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,478024,00.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/7140761/Solar-storms-could-ruin-coverage-of-the-2012-Olympics.html



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