Solar Storms Could Cause An “Internet Apocalypse”

A new study warns that a severe solar storm could cause an internet outage that would last for weeks or even months. The sun is constantly showering Earth with magnetized particles that are known as solar winds. These winds can escalate into solar storms that occur once every one hundred years or so. The last extreme solar storms that were recorded occurred in 1859 and 1921. Researchers say that a bad storm could cause an “internet apocalypse”. Long undersea internet cables that connect continents are especially vulnerable to solar storms. These cables contain signal boosting repeaters that are vulnerable to geomagnetic currents. If these cables fail, entire continents could be cut off from each other. However, local and regional internet connections are at low risk of being damaged by solar storms