Thursday, February 17, 2011

Earth dodges geomagnetic storm : widespread blackouts avoided

Earth dodges geomagnetic storm: scientist
Earth appears to have escaped a widespread geomagnetic storm, with the effects confined to the northern latitudes, possibly reaching down into Norway and Canada.
"There can be sporadic outages based on particular small-scale events," said Dean Persnell, project scientist at NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory at Goddard Space Flight Center.
A direct hit from a CME could trigger a huge geomagnetic storm as incoming particles bounce off the Earth's geomagnetic field, blacking out radio communications, interfering with GPS navigational systems, in theory even causing power outages.

Earth dodges geomagnetic storm: scientist - Yahoo! News

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