Others have mentioned a killer solar flares to strike the Earth.
A big enough solar flare could wipe out electricity on Earth. The White House announced Thursday it wants to be ready
If a giant solar flare hit the Earth, it could knock out the entire power grid, meaning no more new Justin Bieber singles, no more televised presidential debates, and no more Facebook photos of babies.
But it wouldn’t be all good news. The Washington Post reports the electromagnetic pulse—or EMP—created by such an event could wipe out electricity for months on end, creating a global catastrophe.
That’s why the White House released its National Space Weather Strategy on Thursday. According to the Houston Chronicle, the multiagency plan details how the US will prepare for—and deal with—a massive EMP from space weather.
The six-step plan requires government agencies, schools, the media, the insurance industry, nonprofits, and more to work together. In other words: We might…
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