The Carrington Event

On September 1, 1859 a huge solar storm, which later came to be known as the “Carrington Event”, struck the Earth. The resulting electromagnetic pulse destroyed telegraph lines and equipment throughout the United States. It was said that sparks flew from some equipment, and some telegraph lines actually caught fire.

These solar storms are actually not terribly uncommon, however they are directional and only occasionally hit the Earth.

If such a solar storm had such devastating effects on telegraph lines, imagine the damage that would be done to modern electrical distribution systems and powerful-but-electrically-delicate computers!

We already know from major snowstorms that, in the event of a worst-case solar storm, grocery shelves would be emptied within hours, and there would be few or no running pumps to supply fuel to the trucks that resupply those empty shelves. It has been estimated that, in the aftermath of such an event, three fourths of the population in the developed nations would perish within the first year.

This is just one of the many very legitimate reasons that prudent people around the world are preparing to survive major disasters.

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