Solar Storm has minimum impact on normal life.

Two massive X class Solar flares, which are the strongest the Sun can produce, in quick succession earlier in the week had caused scientists on earth to brace for the effects of a solar storm on our telecommunications and power grids. It appears now that we were lucky and the predicted dangers have not come to pass.

The storm which hit earth at about 1100GMT, passed the ‘A’ Satellite a million miles away from earth at about 1045GMT with a 59nanotesla impact which is considered pretty strong. This is the largest solar storm to have hit earth since December 2006. One reason for unanticipated mildness of the effects of this storm seems to be that scientists are not able to gauge the orientation of the magnetic field on the charged particles that hit the earth.

In preparation for a disruption in communication many airlines rerouted their flights that were to have flown over the Polar Regions. Delta Airlines switched routs for many westbound flights between U.S. Cities such as Atlanta, Minneapolis and New York City and international destinations in the Far East like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Nagoya adding about 15 to 20 minutes to the total flight time. American Airlines did not re-route any flights, though it is using lower altitudes on routs above 60 degrees north.

 

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