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2013 - The End of Life as we know it ?

Scientists have warned that society as we know it, may be greatly disrupted by an intense solar flare predicted for 2013. A solar flare is a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface caused by a huge explosion on the surface of the sun. A Solar Flare could hit the Earth like a lightening bolt and knock out all electrical and navigational equipment in key parts of the World or even a complete shutdown across the globe.
Scientists believe it could damage everything from aircraft and ground controls, emergency services’ systems, emergency hospital equipment, banks and traffic controls, through to everyday items that we all take for granted such as home computers, tvs and the driver's friend - the Sat Nav.

Power grids could overheat and bring counties to thier knees whilst electronic items, navigation devices and even satellites could stop working after the Sun reaches its maximum power sometimein 2013.

The effect of such a 'storm' could be felt for days, weeks or even months as we try to bring the World back on line with electricity, communications and vital services.  The entire World relies on electricity and satelites for it's day to day life and to suddenly be thrown into the dark ages will be a major disaster for anyone effected by the solar flare.

It is beleived that such a phenomenon occurs only once about every 100 years.  A once in a lifetime space storm is forecast to stretch from late 2012 into 2013 when the sun’s 22 year magnetic energy cycle coincides with its 11-year peak in superpowered sun spot activity. . The last time a huge flare effected the earth was in 1859,  when is it said that a large proportion of the sky was covered in a bright red  haze.

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