The 2012 Apocalypse — And How to Stop It | Wired Science

156196main_sunearth_01_2400x1876The 2012 Apocalypse — And How to Stop It | Wired Science.

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Wired Science News for Your Neurons
The 2012 Apocalypse — And How to Stop It

* By Brandon Keim Email Author
* April 17, 2009  |
* 2:37 pm  |
* Categories: Space

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For scary speculation about the end of civilization in 2012, people usually turn to followers of cryptic Mayan prophecy, not scientists. But that’s exactly what a group of NASA-assembled researchers described in a chilling report issued earlier this year on the destructive potential of solar storms.

Entitled “Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts,” it describes the consequences of solar flares unleashing waves of energy that could disrupt Earth’s magnetic field, overwhelming high-voltage transformers with vast electrical currents and short-circuiting energy grids. Such a catastrophe would cost the United States “$1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year,” concluded the panel, and “full recovery could take 4 to 10 years.” That would, of course, be just a fraction of global damages.

Good-bye, civilization.

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