How to protect yourself from solar flares? The best way to protect yourself from solar flares is to put your electronic devices in a metal box lined with cardboard, or a cardboard box wrapped with aluminum foil, in addition to this you can protect your devices also with specialized tools like Faraday cages and EMP proof fabric.
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How to protect yourself from solar flares
Unfortunately, even if you could protect all your electronic devices which you personally own these will still not function as most of these rely on a complex network which in an event of a massive solar flare will definitely go down. What you can do however is to protect some of your electronic devices which do not actually need to be connected to any kind of network to function.
The best way to protect your devices from a solar flare is with a Faraday cage, this is an enclosure formed by a conductive material which blocks external static and nonstatic electronic field by channeling electricity along and around but not through it while providing a constant voltage on all sides of the enclosure. Since the difference in voltage is the measure of electrical potential no current flows through the interior of it.
The cheapest way to protect from solar storms is with simple metal boxes, you need to put your items which you want to protect in metal boxes and line the metal boxes inside with something nonconductive like a plastic bag or cardboard. Most of these items will be battery powered or hand-cranked items so do not forget to also add the batteries and chargers into the metal boxes. In my recent article Pole shift effects on humans, you will notice that there are a lot of similarities between the pole shift event and the solar flare event.
What is a solar storm
It is an eruption of energy from the solar surface. The solar surface is the outer shell of the sun which is called the photosphere, there are several solar activities such as flares, prominences, sunspots, and coronal mass ejections. The sudden release of energy from the solar surface is called a solar storm.
What NASA says about solar flares
Sometimes these particles make it all the way to the Earth and beyond by flowing along the Sun’s magnetic field into interplanetary space
This can affect the earths magnetic field which could result in strange things happening such as power grids going down. In the worst case scenario is that the entire planet could go dark. The last time that earth got hit by the solar storm was in the 19 th century in 1859 and this is called the Carrington Event and till this day this is the biggest solar storm on record. A solar flare was first spotted in September 1859 by English astronomer Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson.
The solar storm caused very bright auroras to appear around the world leading some people during the night to think it is actually morning. When this solar storm happened back in 1859 the damage was very limited but if one would happen now in the age of technology we could end up in the stone age.
Scientists are actually quite worried about what would happen if we were to face as a severe solar storm. Some of these storms are called X Class flares and can produce energy equal to a billion hydrogen bombs.
What is a Coronal Mass Ejection
This is basically the sun ejecting magnetized plasma into space, these usually do take a few days to reach Earth but these also can do a lot of harm. Around the world, several observatories are observing the suns activity to warn us about any potential Coronal Mass Ejection. According to the experts when it hit NASA’s ACE satellite, located about 1 million miles above from us, we will have just under an hour to prepare for a geomagnetic storm.
These storms have knocked down power in the past, as one did in Quebec in March 1989 but this was less powerful than in the case of the Carrington Event. Experts say if another solar storm as big as the Carrington Event would hit earth the entire planet could lose power.
What to expect if a solar storm hits today
For starters, we would have no lights and everybody knows how much trouble that can cause during the evening, it could get cold for those who rely on electricity for hearting, limited communications and the worst of them would be the sewage system not functioning. Just imagine a scenario where all communications break down and career criminals take over the streets.
Something similar had happened in Quebec back in 1998 where millions of people lost power there was chaos but for the most part, Canadians came together to help each other out. This will probably happen in a worldwide blackout due to a solar storm, altho things will go bad once the limited resources are gone and people have to fight to survive. Usually solar flares cause an EMP effect, this will destroy most electrical devices, however, if you read my article Does an EMP effect batteries? you will learn that batteries would survive, provided they are not connected to any electrical device.
Is the body affected by a solar storm
The good news is that the human body would not be affected by a solar storm as we are protected by the earth’s atmosphere. Altho people on the surface of the earth would not suffer any direct harm from any solar flares the astronauts could be in big trouble if they are on the outside of the spacecraft.
How to protect your car from solar flares
The best way to protect your car against solar flares is with conductive fabric, these come in different forms and are specifically designed to stop RF energy. Vendors will typically provide a data sheet to show how well they supposed to perform, but I found that in most cases these are highly optimistic. These conductive fabrics, in addition, to protect your car from solar flares can also protect your motorcycle, generators and any other electrical devices which are not hooked into the power line directly.
The conductive fabrics typically can provide up to 40-50 DB of shielding which is actually quite good. There are a lot of these conductive fabrics on the market, the key is to find which works well and has all the characteristics you want. Some of these are very thin and not durable, so my advice is to go with a more rugged one which can deal with additional outside elements like rain and snow.
Remember that only a small fault or tear in these conductive fabrics could render them unusable in the case of a solar flare. Keep in mind that some of these meshes have silver and nickel in them so if you are allergic to them you should avoid these at all costs. The vast majority of cars will be affected by the EMP effect of the solar flares, although if you read my article Best bug out vehicle for EMP, you will find that there are several cars which would do fine, even if there is no additional EMP protection applied to them.
On the other hand, there are stainless steel fiber fabrics which I highly recommend. Keep in mind that these fabrics are sold by the linear foot and in some cases, you might end up to sew several of these together to make a car cover. Once you have made your car cover make sure that when using it that the cover once put on the car is actually in contact with the ground on all sides, this is very important.
Also before purchasing a conductive fabric make sure that it is conductive on both sides.
Solar flare emp probability
Although solar flares are quite often usually these are smaller in scale to do any damage. The biggest solar flare in recorded history was the Carrington Event in 1859 and according to scientists a similarly large event could happen one every 500 years and as a big solar storm hit earth in 1859 some might think we are safe for another couple of hundred years, this is entirely false and one could hit any day.
Solar flare classification is A, B, C, M, X, A being the weakest one and X classification being the strongest one. The intensity factor between each category is X10, and the Carrington Event is considered an X category event.
Why do solar flares affect power grids
Solar flares are massive blasts of charged and magnetic particles when these come in contact with an electronic device such as the power grid it creates a surge of energy by induction this in turn fries and disables the power grid. Just like in your house when you get a bigger surge of power the electricity goes down due to the inbuilt safety features, if there wouldn’t be any safety features all your electrical devices hooked into the socket would be broken.
Solar flare vs emp
There is a lot of confusion around what is the difference between a solar flare and an emp. The solar flare and the coronal mass ejection which causes the actual EMP go hand in hand, the solar flare is the first emission from the sun which will impact the planet faster than the coronal mass ejection as the coronal mass ejection travels slower than the solar flare which travels at the speed of light.
The solar flares which actually cause the aurora borealis impact especially airlines and other kinds of communication and navigation systems. On the other hand, the coronal mass ejections which cause the emp will affect every electronic device causing massive damage.
Altho most solar flares are not powerful enough to cause any damage there might come a day when a big one hits and you should be prepared for this scenario. You can protect your smaller electronic devices with Faraday bags and cages and you can protect your car with conductive fabric.