Saturday, July 26, 2014

Solar Storm: A Potential Disaster Situation

Hi Ferfal, check this story out:
Sounds like it'd be pretty bad... and a 12% chance of it hitting in the next 10 years is not small. Would you recommend anything different to be prepared for such an event?
PS Bought your new book, and left you a glowing review on Amazon.

Hi! First of all thanks for the review. I’m glad you liked my new book. The 5 Star review helps a lot so I do appreciate it!
Indeed, we came close, and as you say the statistics regarding how likely it is to happen again are a bit scary. Here’s an interesting article from NASA about the incident:
Such an event would fry electronics so as often stated its better to keep gear and tech as simple as possible.
Depending on where it hits and the magnitude we could be talking about most States being left without power for weeks, maybe months. Then again, the bulk of it may land in the middle of the Pacific or Atlantic, resulting in very limited damage to the infrastructure. There’s simply no way of knowing.
Regardign how to prepare for such an event, start with the basics for sheltering in place (bugging in) covering the most likely disasters first and go from there towards the least likely ones. Plan for long periods of time without power and communications, maybe even without tap water. Your gear should cover the essentials: Staying warm, protecting yourself, having water, food and means of cooking it. Have plans in place in case you have to bug out in a hurry. Make sure you have a potential bug out abroad location in case you may have to leave the country, even the continent due to the event. Fires due to busted lines and centrals are likely and no doubt the services will be overwhelmed. At least in this case, towns and cities with lower population would be an advantage.


1 comment:

dc.sunsets said...

Most of the USA's nuke plants would melt down if without power for a week or two.

My question all along has been, in the event of a massive solar storm of the sort that just missed Earth, would backup power kick in to keep these plants, some of which are "Fukushima-like," cooled?

If not, large swaths of Illinois and the eastern half of the entire country would be showered with long half-life fallout.

When is someone going to connect the dots on this?