Could Our Own Sun be the next Extinction level Event?

A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is a large expulsion of plasma and magnetic field from the Sun’s corona.  According to data gathered from the SOHO solar observatory satellite, during the solar maximum period of our 11-year solar cycle, our Sun emits between 14 to 21 Coronal Mass Ejections per week!  They can eject billions of tons of coronal material and carry an embedded magnetic field that is stronger than the background solar wind interplanetary magnetic field strength.  As a saving grace, not all Coronal Mass Ejections are directed at the Earth and aren’t all strong enough to cause serious danger.

During the last two solar maximum periods, an average of 24 Coronal Mass Ejections out of the hundreds that happen per year were directed toward the Earth.  Unfortunately, it only takes one.  For instance, on March 13th of 1989 a Coronal Mass Ejection about the size of 36* Earths, blasted through space toward our home planet at roughly 1,000,000 miles per hour!  This blast from the sun severely disrupted the magnetosphere and set off a geomagnetic superstorm.

These electrical surges infiltrated power grids all over North America and Northern Europe, and even destroyed a transformer at a nuclear power plant in New Jersey.
Most significantly, at about 2:45 A.M. local time on Monday, March 13th of 1989 Canada’s Hydro-Québec power utility’s grid crashed when safety systems sensed a power overload caused by the currents pulsing through the ground. The failure knocked out electricity to six million people in northeastern Canada for as long as nine hours—the biggest outage ever caused by a geomagnetic storm.

Much more recently, the Earth experienced what experts refer to as a near miss event.  On July 23rd, 2012 an unusually powerful Coronal Mass Ejection tore through the Earths orbital path and impacted a STEREO-A spacecraft.  Had the Earth been in the direct path of this CME, which has been eerily compared to the strength of the Carrington Event, it would have had potentially world changing impacts to those areas facing the CME.



The Carrington Event of 1859

The Carrington Event of Sept. 1859 was a series of powerful CMEs that hit Earth head-on, sparking Northern Lights as far south as Tahiti.  In fact, it is the single largest series of Coronal Mass Ejections in modern history. Intense geomagnetic storms caused global telegraph lines to spark, setting fire to some telegraph offices and disabling the ‘Victorian Internet.” A similar storm today could have a catastrophic effect on modern power grids and telecommunication networks.

According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers fried by such a storm could take years to repair and severely impact national security.

During the Carrington Event, northern lights were reported as far south as Cuba and Honolulu, while southern lights were witnessed as far north as Santiago, Chile.  The flares were so powerful that “people in the northeastern U.S. could read newspaper print just from the light of the aurora,” Daniel Baker, of the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, said at a geophysics meeting.

In addition, the geomagnetic disturbances were strong enough that U.S. telegraph operators reported sparks leaping from their equipment—some bad enough to set fires, said Ed Cliver, a space physicist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Bedford, Massachusetts.



What Can We Do to Protect Ourselves?

Being that the modern world has yet to experience the true effects of a Coronal Mass Ejection similar to those of 2012 and 1859, expert opinion varies on how devastating the event will actually be.  However, they all agree that in this modern age, the devastation to the aging energy transmission lines and systems will take several years and trillions of dollars to repair.

If enough of a warning is given, we may be able to save critical infrastructure by powering down Electrical Transmission Lines, Isolating Circuits, powering down satellites, etc. etc.    However, recent breakthroughs in Energy Shunting and Energy Surge technologies have enabled us to take simple and cost-effective measures into our own hands.

Companies like EMP Shield LLC are leading the industry in Research, Development and Production of products that allow us to protect our fragile electrical transmission lines, home electrical systems, vehicles, communications equipment and alternative energy systems.  Not only have they made this technology available to the public, but they also offer one of the largest compendiums of research and knowledge regarding EMP/HEMP/CME free of charge on their website

What is an EMP Shield?

EMP Shield is the worlds military tested  EMP protection technology for an entire home and vehicle electrical system.

Built to exceed military standards (MIL-STD-188-125-1), EMP Shield is also one of the worlds fastest whole home surge protectors operating in less than 1 billionth of a second.

EMP Shield is designed to protect an entire home from Lightning, CME (coronal mass ejection, power surges, and an EMP (electromagnetic pulse). Proven and tested at Keystone Compliance, a Federally approved Department of Defense (DOD) testing facility, Our EMP Shield was struck with over 40x EMP strikes with no impact to the device.

How Does It Work?

The EMP Shield can see and protect all the electronics and equipment connected to your electrical system.

This is accomplished by shunting (shorting) the over voltage coming in from the Grid and the voltage surges that are collected within your home.

Whether the electrons are collected within your home or are attempting to come into your electrical system from outside the home (the grid), the EMP Shield will see the surge and protect your electrical system.  The EMP Shield reacts in less than 1 billionth of a second. Since the shunting is completed incredibly fast, the over voltage is drained away from the equipment before the voltage can rise high enough to damage any equipment. We call this new technology SightSpeed™