Human beings have coping skills, resilience, and have the ability to manage stress at any point of time in their life. They can survive any situation and can fight against the hardships they are facing. But surviving without the internet is a bit difficult for human beings, especially in this modern era. Scientists believe that the impact of Solar eruptions could cause a geomatic storm on earth. New research has said that the solar storm which hits Earth next could potentially destroy the infrastructure and cause an ‘internet apocalypse’.
The research was conducted by Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi of the University of California, Irvine, and VMware Research. She presented her paper at the SIGCOMM 2021 data communication conference. In her statement, it is clear that there is a 1.6 to 12% chance of a solar storm to exist on earth and it can cause an internet blackout. As a result, it will transform our digital world completely. If the superstorm strikes the earth, people are not prepared to face any consequences at that time- Abdu Jyothi warns.
If a geomagnetic storm were to occur today, it would likely destroy our navigation systems and underwater internet cables. Even if human beings are connected via fiber optic cables, the situation is dangerous.
A solar storm is a disturbance on the Sun, which can emanate outward across the heliosphere and may affect the entire Solar System, including Earth and its magnetosphere. It is the cause of space weather in the short-term with long-term patterns comprising space climate. When it occurs, it can cause the internet to stop working and might last for months.
There were severe solar storms that have been recorded so far. Some of them had occurred back in 1859, 1921, and the most recent one in 1989. The solar storm that occurred in 1989 took down a Hydro-Quebec power grid causing a nine-hour power blackout in northeast Canada.