You have 12 hours

SolarFlareOne of my favorite topics at the dinner table, these days, is when the subject of disasters comes up.  I immediately refer to the Carrington event of 1859.  Having one of these today would bring almost everything we know, to a standstill, but serve as a great equalizer to 3rd world nations.

A study by Lloyd’s of London has concluded that if an X class storm the size of the Carrington Event hit us today it would take a $2,600,000,000,000 chunk out of the global economy, and would take up to a decade to repair the damage.  It is going to happen at some point; the only question is when?

It is estimated that we would have between 12 and 17 hours before it would hit, which is not much time to get our S**T together.  One of the interesting aspects of thee types of events, that determine speed, is if there were previous and closely related flares before it–sweeping a path and adding to it, the way waves can compound.  Needless to say, it seems like a comic game of Russian Roulette we play as our planet dances around the sun.

The Solar storm of 1859, referred to as the Carrington Event

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