A sun storm is a short and sudden event: It builds up as magnetic fields in the corona of the sun form beautiful plasma arcs, and happen when the magnetic fields “reconnect”: The magnetic field lines of two separate magnetic fields join and release a lot of energy, which catapults the hot plasma into space. But the solar storm triggers a geomagnetic storm in the magnetic field of Earth, that affects power lines and pipelines, and can last for a few hours.
According to NASA report, a small coronal mass ejection (a stream of charged particles from the Sun) shoots out and into space at about a million miles per hour, carrying some magnetic field with it.
The Effects of Sun Solar Storms to Earth?
A coronal mass ejection can cause problems on Earth. The energetic particles can damage the following :
Communications (mobile phones ) and web (Internet) backend operations rely on electronic information system. Can you imagine what will happen if these can be hampered by sun storms. With the electrical and electronic power dependency of humans for its daily life, it will become vulnerable to the threats of the Earth .
Affects the travel industry, communications and navigation problems in airplanes.
Disrupt industrial and household electrical supply. A blackout is possible to occur for this incident.
Water and Sewerage. Most of the pumps used for sewerage are powered by electricity.
Technological and electronic power supply. Cable and television networks mostly rely on satellites.
Total loss can cost to 2$ Trillion worth of damage.