(WYNT) Extreme weather on earth can cause major devastation. But scientists said it would pale in comparison to what a major solar storm could do.
"If we get a direct hit here on earth, it can cause our power grids to go down. It can damage our satellites," said Dr. Valerie Rapson an astrophysicist for the Dudley Observatory at miSci in Schenectady.
Dr. Rapson said depending on the severity of the hit, it could even threaten life here on earth. Here's how it could happen. Solar flares originate from explosions on the surface of the sun. They're like a million nuclear bombs exploding a the same time, according to scientists.
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America's electrical grid system, scientists and experts say, is at risk during an EMP attack, whether that comes from a solar flare or an exploded nuke. Michael Maloof's "A Nation Forsaken" details the possible ramifications.
"The explosions are very strong. This high energy radiation like x-rays and gamma-rays, they can be very dangerous," Dr. Rapson said.