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Reportedly, the US govt already is directing resources to harden the grid against solar storms

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Submitted by Joel Steinke (United States), May 8, 2020 at 13:04


"NASA estimates the likelihood of such an event to be 10 [percent] to 12 percent per decade, making it very likely that Earth will be affected by a solar superstorm within a matter of decades....

Luckily, this is one area where the government and private industry has been dedicating meaningful resources. The federal government has been working with companies that own critical infrastructure, like utilities, to harden and insulate their systems from solar storms. "We've been buying down a decent amount of risk," says Bob Kolasky, head of the Department of Homeland Security's National Risk Management Center. "There's a lot you can do to mitigate the impact on infrastructure, and our predictive capability has increased. We could have 48 to 72 hours of warning, which if you have a mitigation plan, there are things you can do to minimize the impact."


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