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A Massive Solar Storm Could Fry The Grid

Powerful twin solar flares erupted from the sun last week, and as of right now, those who print the news and tell them what to print are “unclear” on whether or not there is any connection between the events on the sun and the cell phone outage that took place last week. The solar storms seemed to happen at the right times to disrupt communications, however, this could be just one more of the many coincidences happening all over the globe right now.

Two powerful solar flares erupted from the sun on the evening of Wednesday (February 21st) and during the early morning of Thursday (February 22nd). An X1.8-class flare occurred at 6:07 p.m. ET (2307 GMT) on February 21st, and another, an X1.7-class flare, erupted at 1:32 a.m. ET (0632 GMT) on February 22nd. The flares erupted from a region of the sun that “continues to exhibit strong magnetic complexity,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wrote in a statement about the events.

“No apparent CMEs (coronal mass ejections) resulting from these events have been observed as of the time of this writing, but can not be ruled out,” the agency added. Nevertheless, NOAA issued an alert on February 23rd for a solar radio emission at 6:58 a.m. ET (1158 GMT), which are sometimes joined by strong coronal mass ejections (CME) and solar radiation storms.

Rare Solar Storm Could Impact Power Grids

Solar storms have been known to cause satellite disruptions and we have been warned that they can take down parts of the power grid or the entire thing.

According to a report by Fox 19 Now, AT&T has blamed the cell phone outage on an error in coding, without elaborating. “Based on our initial review, we believe that today’s outage was caused by the application and execution of an incorrect process used as we were expanding our network, not a cyber attack,” the Dallas-based company said.

The ruling class appears to be on a cyber attack rampage however, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged that it had been in touch with AT&T about the potential.  “Should we learn of any malicious activity we will respond accordingly,” the agency said. The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Communications Commission were also looking into what went wrong, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said.

Now that we know that the rulers are looking into a cyber attack or a coding error, it’s not the sun, right? Just a coincidence? Maybe.

Solar flares are caused when magnetic energy builds up in the sun’s atmosphere until the star relieves the buildup in an intense burst of electromagnetic radiation.

These outbursts are ranked by size into lettered groups, with X-class flares being the most powerful. Following X-class, there are M-class flares that are 10 times smaller than X-class flares, then C-class, B-class, and finally, A-class flares which are too weak to affect Earth with any significance. Within each of these classes, numbers from 1 to 10 (and beyond, for X-class flares) are used to denote a flare’s relative strength.

The sun’s activity is currently increasing as it approaches the most active part of its approximately 11-year solar cycle known as the “solar maximum.” While solar maximum could mean we see more space weather events such as communications blackouts, and threats to spacecraft in orbit, it could also lead to more widespread auroras worldwide in a silver lining. -Space

Back in October, The Wall Street Journal wrote an article titled: The Next Big Solar Storm Could Fry the Grid. In that article, it was written that a solar storm can induce currents in power lines that are strong enough to trip safety mechanisms or even seriously damage parts of our power distribution infrastructure. And while the undersea fiber-optic cables for internet data don’t carry electricity, they do have electrical signal repeaters within them.

It is possible that we could wake up one day to a complete power grid failure with little to no information on how it went down. At that point, all we can do it the best we can with whatever preparations we’ve already made. Society would come to a halt rather quickly.

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Things have been getting quite odd and “coincidental” lately, and this is just one more of those events that doesn’t feel quite right. Was there a correlation? And even if there was, correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation. So all we can do is label this as a coincidence and stay aware of what we are being told and if it’s actually aligning with what we see happening on this planet.



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