The degree of solar flare effects depend on the strength of the flare. If it is strong enough, the solar impact can effect everything from the Earth's magnetic field (triggering natural disasters) to disruption of the power grid.
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A recent study published today in the NewScientist, indicates a direct connection between the Sun’s solar storms and human biological effect. X-class solar flares can effect brain activity including balance, behavior, and psycho physiological (mental/ emotional/physical) response. In humans and animals it can cause; nervousness, anxiety, worry, jitters, irritable, queasiness, and head pressure.
Recent events have many concerned that the changes in the Earth's Magnetic Fields May Be Causing Birds and Fish to Die Off - Could the Earth's magnetic fields be causing the recent die-off of thousands of birds and fish? Scientists believe so, coupled with environmental imbalances.
The sudden death of thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas over the 2010-2011 New Year's holiday was newsworthy enough. Yet, within a couple of days, hundreds of stories from all around the globe recounted similar phenomena and it still continues today April 2012.
A X-class solar flare, aka Electro Magentic Pulse (EMP)/Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), potentially could wipe out our nation’s ability to support critical infrastructures, including supply and distribution of water, food, fuel, communications, transport, financial transactions, emergency services, government services, and all other infrastructures supporting the national economy and welfare.
Should significant parts of the electrical power infrastructure be lost for any substantial period of time as a result of solar flare effects, the consequences are likely to be catastrophic, and many people may ultimately die for lack of the basic elements necessary to sustain life in dense urban and suburban communities.
If the earth is hit by a major CME you can expect emergency rescue services to experience an increase in demand. People trapped on subways and in elevators will require timely rescue.
If electric power is interrupted for any period of time, people at home who depend on oxygen concentrators, respirators, aspirators, and other life-sustaining equipment that require electric power will need to find alternative solutions quickly.
Home backup systems, including oxygen tanks, liquid oxygen supplies, batteries and generator power, will lessen the need for an immediate response for those fortunate enough to have them, but eventually all these people will need to be transported to facilities with a reliable power source and appropriate equipment.
When the failure of police and emergency services becomes protracted, the lawless element of society may emerge. For example, Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 damaged cell phone towers and radio antennas that were crucial to the operation of emergency communications.
A protracted blackout of the power grid caused generators supporting emergency communications to exhaust their fuel supplies or fail from overuse.
Consequently, government, police, and emergency services were severely impacted in their ability to communicate with the public and with each other.
Looting, violence, and other criminal activities were serious problems in the aftermath of Katrina. The ultimate consequences of an increased demand for emergency services and a concomitant degradation in emergency services capabilities are measured in lives lost, health impaired, and property damaged.
Be Prepared for the Unexpected
In the event of a X Class solar flare event that results in a nation-wide power outage and social breakdown you will want to watch these videos by Rudy Reyes, an Afghanistan and Iraq War veteran, as he demonstrates how you can survive in extreme conditions.
Bill Forstchen author of One Second After states that, "If one day we all find ourselves in the dark and frightening throes of an EMP, please do not panic. You will be one of a handful of people able to instantaneously recognize and react to the situation." Consider:
Bill Forstchen's web site has more information about him and his recommendations on getting prepared for a major Solar Storm and Solar Flare Effects. (http://www.onesecondafter.com/)
While it may not be possible to stop the solar flare effects, it would be useful to know when they are coming to better prepare for them. Below are links to sites reporting current activity, warnings and the Long Range Solar Storm Forecast.