A coronal mass ejection from the sun that struck earlier this week could be headed to Earth this weekend. Massive power outages, electrical shock incidents, and perhaps fire could occur.
A solar eruption could arrive to Earth today and tomorrow, scientists say.
The US Space Weather Prediction Center notes that there are two shootouts from the sun’s surface that are poised to hit Earth. The magnet shot through earth with a speed of up to 8 million miles per hour (3,750km/s), with Earth in its path. In essence, a magnet from the sun has been set to collide with Earth, and the results may occur in the form of geomagnetic storms.
Last night, New York was the first to be hit with one of the two shoots from the sun that created a G2 storm. Geomagnetic storms, like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados, have ratings from the least intense to most intense. The G2 storm is set to combine with the second sun shoot that should hit New York today – and create a G3 storm. With a G3 rating, New York could see massive power outages and an increased risk of electrical shock with home and building appliances. G1 storms are characterized as “minor,” G2 storms as “moderate,” and G3 storms as “strong.”
The US Space Weather Prediction Center says that the phenomena was set off from the sun on September 10 and that we could see effects from the geomagnetic storms through September 13 and 14. The coronal mass ejection, or CME as it is called, took place on Wednesday, September 10 at 1:46pm Eastern Time (ET) and topped the flare emission chart at X1.6. X1.6 eruptions are considered to be some of the most intense (if not the most) to enter Earth’s surface from the sun.
A geomagnetic storm in 1859 created a fire when electrical surges in telephones erupted out of control. Additionally, telephone operators were shocked and rushed to emergency medical rooms as a result of a geomagnetic storm.
As for the sun phenomena, those who live in states bordering Canada (and further South) could see something akin to a Galaxy-like event in the night sky.