NASA: Cosmic 'superstorm' more crippling than 20 Katrinas

Worldnet DailySolar flare forecast renews concern over power grids, communications Posted: June 17, 2010 8:57 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh

A new government forecast about the possibility of a coming solar storm warns that it could eliminate – at least temporarily across large swaths of the world – power grids, air travel and communications, including those operating financial services and emergency systems, as well as GPS functions and even cell phones.

"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity," said Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, in the report released just days ago.

"At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms," he said.