UK 'can cope with solar superstorm'

2013-02-07 12:40

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Cape Town – If a solar superstorm struck the Earth, the effects on the UK would be "challenging but not cataclysmic", a report said.

An expert panel for the Royal Academy of Engineering assessed the readiness of Britain to handle a huge outburst of radiation and particles from the Sun. It found the nation's infrastructure to be reasonably well prepared.

However, the report warns disruption is likely in a number of areas. Some power cuts would probably occur, for example.

Systems reliant on the timing signals from GPS satellites might have to resort to backup oscillators for a period of days, and aviation services could have to be limited for a while because of disruption to communications and possible upsets in aircraft avionics.

But the experts stress that it is the sum of a number of issues all happening at once rather than one or two big calamities that will test society's ability to cope.

– For the full article visit BBC.

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