Could a solar flare destroy modern civilization?

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  1. Chris
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    Forget about the 2012 Mayan calendar, comet Elenin or the Rapture. The real threat to human civilization is far more mundane, and it's right in front of our noses. If Fukushima has taught us anything, it's that just one runaway meltdown of fissionable nuclear material can have wide-ranging and potentially devastating consequences for life on Earth. To date, Fukushima has already released 168 times the total radiation released from the Hiroshima nuclear bomb detonated in 1945, and the Fukushima catastrophe is now undeniably the worst nuclear disaster in the history of human civilization.

    But what if human civilization faced a far greater threat than a single tsunami destroying a nuclear power facility? What if a global tidal wave could destroy the power generating capacities of all the world's power plants, all at once?

    Such a scenario is not merely possible, but factually inevitable. And the global tidal wave threatening all the nuclear power plants of the world isn't made of water but solar emissions.

    Solar Flare Could Unleash Nuclear Holocaust Across Planet Earth, Forcing Hundreds of Nuclear Power Plants Into Total Meltdowns - International Business Times
     
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    Guess we had better not build any new nukular plants :tongue:
     
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    Consider if we just had solar flares big enough to wipe out all of our electronics in use. How far would that set us back?
    And yep worse than a flare a nearby star going nova could wipe us out and no warning since we would not know it had happened till the radiation and such was here.
     
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    Thats scary, but plausible indeed.
     
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    Yep very plausable the only question is when. Hopefully a few million years.
     
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    Hasn't happened in the past Billion years, I'm an optimist, I'll bet on another billion.........
     
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    Umm the earth is only 4,000 years old now.
    And something killed the dinosuars a few times.
     
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    Chris worried about the sun? I call bullshit. He has insisted the sun played no part in any warming on the Earth, why would he be worried about solar flares?
     
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    A Carrington Event would set us back at least a decade. Be a real test of how well we could work together to overcome real adversity.

    A Super Solar Flare - NASA Science
     

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