Solar ‘superstorm’ that missed earth in 2012 could have caused massive blackouts

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Asteroids aren’t the only things in space we have to worry about. A massive solar storm emitted from the sun could fry electronics and satellites around the globe, and take down much of the power grid. And such a storm isn’t as far-fetched as you might think: according to readings taken from a satellite in earth’s orbit, a solar superstorm passed through earth’s path on July 23rd, 2012 — if it had struck nine days earlier, our planet would have been right in the crosshairs.

2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences said that such a storm could cause some $2.6 trillion in damage and a full recovery could take years. One researcher who studied data collected from the storm, professor Ying D. Liu of China’s State Key Laboratory…

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