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Researchers Warn That The Next Solar Superstrom Will Likely Cause An “Internet Apocalypse”

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

We may think that we are doing fine staying home during the pandemic, but what happens when you don’t have internet access when you’re stuck at home? Researchers from University of California warned that the next solar storm will likely cause an “internet apocalypse” - Oh no!

During the data communication conference SIGCOMM 2021, the researchers presented their study on “Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse”. So, what is a solar storm? Solar storms happen when massively charged particles and plasma are ejected from the sun and blasted into space, which will lead to extreme damage to Earth’s existing internet infrastructure and cause global internet blackouts that could last for months.

While the Earth’s atmosphere acts as a shield that blocks magnetised particles with harmful radiation and reflects them into space, it will not be able to withstand the Solar Superstorm. The solar storm happened 3 times in recorded history, the last time it hit was back in 2014 but nothing bad actually happened.

Do you think you can survive without the internet for a couple of months?


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