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Earth will suffer a magnetic superstorm every 25 years

Earth will suffer a magnetic superstorm every 25 years 90

Telecommunications, navigation systems, satellites and electrical networks on which our day to day lives on the earth’s surface are compromised by the vertiginous activity of our sun. Now, a new study has estimated that, on average, once every 25 years our planet Earth could be hit by a solar storm so powerful as to wobble our technodependent civilization.

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By analyzing the magnetic field records at opposite ends of the Earth (United Kingdom and Australia), scientists at the University of Warwick and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been able to detect superstorms that date back over the past 150 years.

This result was made possible by a new way of analyzing historical data, initiated by the University of Warwick, of the last 14 solar cycles, long before the space age began in 1957, instead of the last five solar cycles currently used.

The analysis shows that “severe” magnetic storms occurred in 42 of the last 150 years, and “large” superstorms occurred in 6 of 150. Generally, a storm can last only a few days, but it can be very damaging. For modern technology. Superstorms can cause blackouts, turn off satellites, interrupt aviation and cause temporary loss of GPS signals and radio communications.

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These solar or electromagnetic storms are the phenomenon resulting from the collision of the so-called solar wind, or a coronal mass ejection, with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Lead author Professor Sandra Chapman of the Center for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics at the University of Warwick said in a statement:

“These superstorms are rare events, but estimating their likelihood of occurrence is an important part of planning the level of mitigation necessary to protect the critical national infrastructure.”

“This research proposes a new method to address historical data, to provide a better picture of the possibility of the occurrence of superstorms and what activity we are likely to see in the future,” he added.

The Carrington storm of 1859 is widely recognized as the largest superstorm recorded, but it is prior to even the data used in this study. The analysis led by Professor Chapman estimates how wide it would take to be in the same class as the other superstorms and, therefore, with a possibility of occurrence that can be estimated.

The space weather is driven by the activity of the sun. Smaller storms are common, but occasionally larger storms occur that can have a significant impact.

In 2012, the Earth narrowly avoided problems when an ejection of coronal mass from the Sun lost the Earth and went in another direction. According to satellite measurements, if it had hit the Earth, it would have caused a superstorm.

Source: Warwick University.


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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 105

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 106

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 107

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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