Can A Solar Flare Destroy Us?

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

The sun produced a magnificent X-class solar flare, or a ‘solar tsunami,’ on Feb. 17th, which caused radio blackouts in some parts of America.

The powerful solar tsunami created a shockwave across the sun’s surface. Astronomers successfully recorded the eerie sounds of the storm hitting Earth’s atmosphere.

According to the Spaceweather.com website, the solar tsunami occurred on a sunspot AR3229.

Interested in learning more about solar flare? Here are some popular FAQs for you.

Can solar flares affect WIFI? According to research from the University of California, major solar storms will interfere with the internet infrastructure on Earth.

Can solar flares make you feel sick? Symptoms of radiation sickness would appear in a few days, such as fatigue, vomiting, and low blood counts.

Is it safe to fly solar storm? Earth’s atmosphere protects humans on the ground from solar flares’ radiation.

Meanwhile, it’s extremely dangerous since being on a plane during a solar storm can give you high doses of radiation.

What was the largest solar flare ever? The Carrington Event, recorded by British astronomer Richard Carrington in 1859, is the largest recorded solar storm ever.

Can a solar flare destroy us? The electromagnetic power of solar flares could damage power grids and various communication devices on Earth.

Hence, it can cause chaos and potentially death for humanity.