Earth Hit by Geomagnetic Storm

Authorities in the US confirmed a storm that caused “extreme geomagnetic conditions” on Earth on Friday night.

This was reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the US (NOAA), formerly the National Weather Service.

According to the agency, it is the first time a storm of this nature has impacted Earth since October 2003, and the extreme conditions could persist throughout the weekend.

This geomagnetic storm has the potential to severely disrupt energy and electricity supplies in different parts of the Earth.

However, it is also expected to produce unusual phenomena such as auroras borealis, in locations as diverse as southern Alabama or northern California.

The NOAA, the scientific agency responsible for monitoring atmospheric and oceanic conditions, issued a G5 alert (the highest on a scale from G1 to G5) after several days of intense solar activity that peaked on Friday.

A G5 geomagnetic storm can cause widespread voltage control problems in the power grid, damage transformers, and even lead to complete blackouts.

These geomagnetic storms can impact infrastructure in Earth’s orbit and surface, potentially disrupting communications, the electric power grid, navigation, radio, and satellite operations.

In addition, the agency noted a moderate solar radiation storm, which could expose airplane travelers to a “high risk of radiation.”

Furthermore, the same solar radiation storm that causes these disruptions is also responsible for making auroras borealis visible in places where they are not typically seen.

The last time an “extreme” G5 geomagnetic storm occurred was in October 2003, causing power outages in Sweden and damaging transformers in South Africa.

With information from the Efe agency, this recent storm serves as a reminder of the power and unpredictability of our solar system and its effects on Earth.