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The internet could go down for months the next time our sun has a tantrum

Trendly News | 08/09/2021 09:15 AM | Click to read full article

Scientists have long been concerned about the effects of a massive solar storm on our planet's electronic infrastructure, but a new study explores how, with less than a day's notice, a strong enough solar storm could cut off entire continents from the internet for days or even months.

The study describes how vulnerable undersea cables – which are essential to connecting the different continents to a common Internet – are to a massive solar flare like those that hit the Earth in the 1800s and early 1900s.