March 8, 2012
The magnetic storm, the largest in five years, has led to a ‘massive amount of solar particles heading towards Earth’, the Met Office also confirmed.
Commenting on the potential disruption caused by the explosion on the surface of the Sun, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), a spokesman for the Met Office said: ‘Part of our role is to advise the government and relevant industries about the potential impact of events such as this, so we have advised the aviation and energy industries.
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‘Airlines may re-route planes from near the polar regions as that is where the storm would be most intense and the National Grid could also be affected, but they will take action to limit any risk.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 3:44 am