But other than the telegraph, humanity had very little dependence on technology at the time. If another Carrington Event happened today, it would be a complete and utter nightmare. A study by Lloyd’s of London has concluded that it would have taken a $2.6 Trillion chunk out of the global economy and it would take up to a decade to repair the damage. As a result of this collapse of the grid, the economy would collapse, and then society would follow. TEOTWAWKI.
Unfortunately, scientists insist that it is going to happen at some point. The only question is when. A solar storm in July 2012 was a near miss, by days actually. With a little bad luck, our planet could have been devastated. Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites.
The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, which is recognized as the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States.
"Had the 2012 storm hit Earth, it probably would have been like the big one in 1859, but the effect today, with our modern technologies, would have been tremendous,” said Janet Luhmann in an interview for Reuters. Luhmann is part of the STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Observatory) team and based at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory.
Luhmann and physicist Ying Liu of China’s State Key Laboratory of Space Weather led a team in analyzing the magnetic storm, which was detected by NASA’s STEREO A spacecraft and published their results in Nature Communications.
“An extreme space weather storm – a solar superstorm – is a low-probability, high-consequence event that poses severe threats to critical infrastructures of the modern society,” warned Liu.
“The cost of an extreme space weather event, if it hits Earth, could reach trillions of dollars with a potential recovery time of 4-10 years. Therefore, it is paramount to the security and economic interest of the modern society to understand solar superstorms.”
Got the picture? This is why we prep.