physicist Michio Kaku joins the Fox Business News Channel to discuss
the probability of a serious solar flare event and what effects
it may have on society.
excerpts and commentary)
years the [sun's] north pole and the south pole flip, releasing
a burst of radiation. But, every 100 years or so, a monster Tsunami
from the sun emerges which could literally cause trillions in
paralyze the economy of the planet earth. In 1859 we had a gigantic
solar storm which knocked out telegraph wires back then, 150 years
ago. If that had happened today it would knock out almost all
our satellites, knock out power stations, there would be food
riots around the country because refrigeration would stop, airplanes
would probably crash without radar.
this is a once in a century, once in two centuries storm
We do have
them and we have to worry about them.
be thrown back 100 years.
Among the many
naturally occurring SHTF / TEOTWAWKI events that could happen, we
may not rate a solar Tsunami EMP event as a global killer like say,
an asteroid the size of Texas, but it would definitely rate a 9
out of 10 on our SHTF severity scale.
families and communities we may not be able to survive an asteroid
impact, super volcano, or pole shift induced geographic earthquake,
but a solar flare is something we can actually prepare for.
concern with food will not necessarily be because of a lack of refrigeration,
but an inability of our current just-in-time delivery systems to
transport goods. A strong enough flare could potentially knock out
the electrical components in the trucks that transport our food,
the computers used to manage the inventory, and the ability for
businesses to transfers payments to and from each other.
If the electrical
grid in the United States were to be taken out by a solar flare
we can expect months, not days, of downtime. In 1859 the fall out
was limited to telegraph systems, because those were really the
only electrical components of any significance.
entire world is intertwined by electricity, satellites, routers,
switches and computers. Even a minor disruption to some of the components,
like our GPS networks, could wreck havoc.
not sure what the odds are of a solar flare taking out society as
we know it, but we trust the views of some of the worlds leading
scientists like Dr. Kaku and researches at NASA. Some of the brightest
minds in the world have indicated that this is a real and present
danger, so were going to store some reserve rations (and other
preps) just in case.