Thursday, 24 February 2011

Solar tsunami to strike Earth

Solar tsunami to strike Earth

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An image of a twisting solar prominence eruption taken on March 30, 2010. Images and videos taken by the SDO give evidence of the dynamic sun never before seen by NASA's scientists. Photo: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Earth is bracing for a cosmic tsunami Tuesday night as tons of plasma from a massive solar flare head directly toward the planet.
The Sun’s surface erupted early Sunday morning, shooting a wall of ionized atoms directly at Earth, scientists say. It is expected to create a geomagnetic storm and a spectacular light show — and it could pose a threat to satellites in orbit, as well.
“This eruption is directed right at us and is expected to get here early in the day on Aug. 4,” said Leon Golub of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “It’;s the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time.”
The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, was spotted by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which captures high-definition views of the sun at a variety of wavelengths. SDO was launched in February and peers deep into the layers of the sun, investigating the mysteries of its inner workings
Stunning New Images of the Sun 

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Solar Tsunami: Space Storm Headed Toward Earth

Coronal Mass Ejection: 'Solar Tsunami' Caused by Sunspot 
A very rare solar storm is headed toward Earth. The coronal mass ejection, which astronomers are calling a solar tsunami, has hit our magnetosphere on August 4. On August 1, astronomers saw the wave form out of an Earth-sized sunspot, and only now is it reaching us after traveling for 93 million miles. ( video of solar tsunami forming)

Solar Storm

NASA Solar Storm Warning - Sun Solar Flares Tsunami 03_08_2010_

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The wave of charged gas will excite the Aurora Borealis and Australis (Northern and Southern Lights), which will be visible further from the poles than they normally are.
 While this blast of foul space weather may affect satellites that control things like mobile phone communication, the planet itself is in no danger. The last major eruption was in 2001.
In theory, a large enough solar storm could damage the thousands of satellites currently in orbit. 
Aurorae normally are visible only at high latitudes. However, during a geomagnetic storm aurorae can light up the sky at lower latitudes. Sky watchers in the northern U.S. and other countries should look toward the north on the evening of August 3rd/4th for rippling "curtains" of green and red light.
Solar tsunamis pose no direct threat to Earth. Nevertheless, they are important to study. "We can use them to diagnose conditions on the sun," notes Gurman. "By watching how the waves propagate and bounce off things, we can gather information about the sun's lower atmosphere available in no other way."

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Solar tsunami continues tonight August 4, 2010 and beautiful colors light up the sky (photos, video) August 4th, 2010 4:45 pm ET Continue reading on Solar tsunami continues tonight August 4, 2010 and beautiful colors light up the sky (photos, video) - National US Headlines |

Early Wednesday morning, people in the northern USA were able to see the effects of the solar flares storm and solar tsunami light up the sky; the northern lights will continue tonight in North America from Oregon to Maine and north to Canada.
About every 11 years a solar flare storm kicks up from the sun and a few days later the effects appear in our skies. If the sky is clear it should be visible from North America, Northern Europe and Russia. The result is a beautiful show of the northern lights in various colors in the sky.
NASA has said that as a result some satellites may be knocked out during the solar tsunami, but it isn’t expected.
NASA describes a solar flare as: 
A flare is defined as a sudden, rapid, and intense variation in brightness. A solar flare occurs when magnetic energy that has built up in the solar atmosphere is suddenly released. Radiation is emitted across virtually the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves at the long wavelength end, through optical emission to x-rays and gamma rays at the short wavelength end. The amount of energy released is the equivalent of millions of 100-megaton hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time! The first solar flare recorded in astronomical literature was on September 1, 1859. Two scientists, Richard C. Carrington and Richard Hodgson, were independently observing sunspots at the time, when they viewed a large flare in white light.
To see a slideshow of photos of the solar flares storm on the sun, and photos of the northern lights, click here

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The 2012 Movie Analysis

The 2012 movie, an edge-of-your-seat, mindless escapism created by veteran apocalypse director Roland Emmerich, though of poor plot structure and underdeveloped characters, is the perfect thrill for anybody who likes to see the earth smattered into tiny pieces or people running desperately for their insignificant lives. It has lots of visual candy, lots of plausible premises, and lots of goings-on that keep the entire movie moving 'til the end. It's not executed at its best, however, and while the extent of destruction is much larger and more horrific than what we've ever seen before, this doesn't make up for the incapacity of the movie to deliver a strong story.
The movie has been criticized negatively because of the reasons aforementioned a lot of times, however, and this article is not going to bash the movie any further. The 2012 movie, inconsistencies aside, is a plausible and genuine outlook of the future should the date of destruction, December 21, 2012, comes. It mashes up all the general theories regarding 2012, and presents possible outcomes and solutions to save not only humanity, but its virtues and its long-recorded history. Here is a list of what happened in the 2012 movie that could also happen in the real 2012 apocalypse:
1) The global destruction of the movie is based on the "Earth's Crust Displacement Theory" and in the movie, it's stated that neutrinos are bursting within the Earth's core, causing the crusts to be rapidly displaced. The neutrino explosion is in turn supposedly caused by the peaking of the solar flares in the Sun.
2) In 2010, international leaders begin a massive, secret project intended to ensure humanity's survival, by building futuristic arks designed to hold 400,000 people. Additional funding for the project is raised by selling tickets to the private sector for €1 billion per person, effectively cutting off the chances of majority of people to survive.
3) By 2011 they start to secretly move humanity's valuable treasures under the guise of protecting them from terrorist attacks, such as the Mona Lisa, to save humanity's history as well.
4) The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, or the Mayan Calendar, is referenced in the movie.
5) Earthquakes of intensified magnitudes wreak havoc all over the globe as a result of crust displacement. Huge buildings are destroyed, bridges are split in two, major cities are literally broken in pieces.
6) Yellowstone Caldera, a volcano in the USA, erupts, sending massive igneous stones skyrocketing in the air, resembling meteors and asteroids.
7) A mega tsunami destroys several key cities, including Washington, D.C., which kills the president of the United States.
8) The arks save the people who luckily got in. The water levels recede, new lives are beginning and a new civilization and world order is created.
If yIf you look beyond the inefficacy of the 2012 movie to show great story material that can match its great cinematography, the creators indeed have made a future that is not far from what we, as a species, are bound to do just so we can survive. The arks are very welcome options if ever those destructive events occur, especially the mega tsunami. However, these are not the only things that could happen in December 21, 2012 - we have to take into account that radiations, asteroids, or other similar stuff are also predicted to happen, so we can't count in an ark to save us all.
In the most general sense, the 2012 movie is simply a message to all of our subconscious minds to be prepared and be vigilant even in the dreariest of moments. We are humans, and we are gifted with the ability to hope for the future, to fight for it. If and when the 2012 movie indeed comes out of the screens and into our lives, we shall be prepared, we shall come out conquerors, we always do.
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2012 Disaster Scenarios - What Are the Terrible Events We Must Prepare to Survive?

There are nine possible cataclysmic events for 2012 that would create disaster conditions of a scale that humanity has never experienced before. We're talking millions, maybe billions of dead worldwide, and a breakdown of society that may take a thousand years to recover from If it ever recovers at all. But if you're properly prepared all these scenarios are survivable. So as every good soldier knows, we need to get acquainted with the enemy, so we can figure out the best way to beat him.
Here they are in no particular order
Unrestricted Global Nuclear War
There are a lot of bad guys out there these days with nuclear capability. From a survival point of view it doesn't matter who starts it or why, because the end result is the same - global cataclysm straight from hell. So given your family survives the initial atomic blasts and their immediate effects, there are a couple of other major things to worry about - Radiation and the Nuclear Winter.
Atomic reactions create radio-active particles which spread out from ground zero, and when they reach high altitude are fanned out by high-level winds. The radio-active particles eventually make their way back down to earth as 'Fall-Out'. 'Fall-Out can cause burns and terminal radiation sickness, kill livestock and contaminate soil and the crops that are grown in it. A massive region around the Chernobyl Reactor in Russia is essentially dead ground forever, and that was just an itty-bitty reactor melt-down, not a multi-megaton airburst.
Nuclear winter
When you've got a lot of massive atomic explosions at ground level, an incredible amount of dirt and debris is going to be thrown up into the atmosphere - we're talking millions of tons of black radio-active dust swirling around ten miles high, blocking the sun from reaching the Earth's surface. We might not see the sun again for two or three years, and without it, it's going to get real cold and nothing's going to grow. Huge areas of the planet will turn into dust-bowls and sand storms will blast across Europe and North America.
However there will be places mostly in the southern Hemisphere and in the North that are far enough from blast zones to escape most of the radiation and fall-out, and are protected from most of the effects of the nuclear winter. That's where you want to you and your family want to be to maximize your chance of staying alive in 2012.
Impact from Space
This is the very worst of all worst case scenarios. Whether it's the mystery planet Nibiru, a comet or a monster asteroid, having a massive Near Earth Object (NEO) smash into the Earth is all bad. So if you're ready to survive this you're ready for anything! Earth has experienced major NEO strikes many times before, and the biggest of all 65 million years ago made the dinosaurs extinct, overnight. If a NEO hits land we'll get a situation like the nuclear winter we talked about above, plus a devastating shock-wave, molten lava showers, earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions.
Not even all the atom bombs in the world going off all at once would have a millionth of the power of a NEO impacting our planet. The NEO Impact winter could last decades and plunge the Earth into a new ice-age. If a NEO lands in the ocean we'll get multiple tsunamis many hundreds of feet high, plus giant earthquakes caused by displacement of tectonic plates that make up the Earth's crust. Low-lying counties will be turned into fetid swamps, ravaged by disease.We're likely to get very little warning of an asteroid strike - maybe only hours or even minutes because they travel so fast and are almost invisible against the blackness of space.
On the other hand we may have several months to prepare for an impact by Nibiru or a comet. Unfortunately they are the least likely objects to hit us. So what will it be like in the aftermath of a NEO impact?
Arriving at the speed several thousand miles per hour a giant SEO will have enough power on impact to fracture the Earth's crust and splash molten lava from the core high into the atmosphere. A massive thousand degree shock-wave will also radiate outwards from Ground-Zero completely levelling trees and buildings for a hundreds of miles in every direction. In an ocean impact, seawater will combine with the lava to cause a super-heated steam blast, plus acid rain. This burning rain would continue falling for years, scouring away every living plant and contaminating all water sources (other than artesian springs in the mountains). To survive a massive NEO strike you'll need to be far underground, and far from the point of impact to stand any chance at all. However there is still a good chance that the NEO that hits Earth will not be a giant, and that increases your chances of survival massively - as long as you're prepared that is. Otherwise, no matter where you are, it's time to kiss your ass goodbye.
Solar Flares
The sun is an enormous atomic reactor in the sky. Every now and then extra intense reactions in the sun's atmosphere occur and solar energy spears out into space. That's a Solar Flare. Small Solar Flares are detected by astronomers all the time and usually don't affect us, because our atmosphere safely absorbs and deflects the extra radiation. But, if 2012 means a giant Solar Flare, the Earth's surface and everything on it could be barbequed in minutes by radiation spread across the whole electromagnetic spectrum. We'd have enough warning to get into bunkers, but only if they were very close by. How bad it will be for your family also depends whether it occurs in the night or day - you definitely don't want to be outside at noon when a doomsday flare bursts overhead.
The good news is it's relatively easy to build a shelter that will absorb almost all the energy of a Solar Flare, even a giant one, so surviving the event isn't necessarily the hard part. The real challenge will be staying alive afterwards in what's left of the world outside your shelter.
Super Volcano Eruption
Mount St Helens or Pinatubo are nothing compared to the dormant super volcano that forms Yellowstone National Park. An eruption there would kill millions and render a large portion of central North America uninhabitable. The rest of the world would suffer too from the enormous cloud of volcanic ash thrown up into the atmosphere, creating yet another nuclear winter scenario. However Yellowstone is just one location where super volcanoes are lurking ready to erupt, on land and under the ocean.
A monster undersea eruption would be even more deadly, triggering a super tsunami that would travel all around the world, wiping out entire countries as it goes, drowning millions and millions of people within hours. For most people in coastal areas, even low lying places inland, there would be no escape. However those families smart enough or just plain lucky enough to be in non-volcanic areas, on solid ground at over 1000 feet in elevation, will be in better shape - but for how long?
It's not a question of when 'the big one' will happen, but where and when. Major displacements of many of the world's biggest tectonic plates are well overdue - including California's mighty San Andreas Fault, which would kill millions in LA and along the West Coast.
The very worst place to be in an earthquake is a city, especially in a high-rise building, or in the streets below. Damage from most earthquakes on land, even massive ones are usually quite localised, but if we get one under the sea we get a Tsunami.
The Indonesian Tsunami of Christmas 2005 killed over one hundred thousand people - drowned or crushed by falling buildings and tumbling debris, or dying later of disease and starvation. If you saw the footage of the FBI carpark during the Samoa Tsunami in 2009 you'll take Tsunamis very seriously - and that was only 3 feet high!
I guess it's pretty obvious where you want to be to avoid a giant Tsunami? Up very high, far away from the sea. The trouble is, with this scenario like most of the others, the disaster itself is not the only threat - you need to be prepared to deal with other people who've survived, but haven't prepared for it like you have. Most of them will be desperate, and will want what you've got.
Super Virus or Bacteria
The biggest killers in recorded history have been diseases. The Black Plague of the 14th Century was an incurable bacteria spread by fleas living on rats. In some European towns up to 90% of the population was wiped out. Overall in the 100 years of the Black Plague, 30% of the population of Europe died. And much more recently, within living memory in fact, the Influenza Pandemic of 1919 killed tens of millions all over the world.
New disease threats are arising all the time. We've handled Bird Flu and Swine Flu pretty well, but will 2012 be the year when the next real plague arrives. International air travel virtually guarantees its almost instant global spread, especially to people living in big, overcrowded cities.
And that's the clue to survival in this scenario. Fit, healthy families who live in remote rural areas in clean, warm houses and have absolutely minimal contact with the outside world, should be feeling pretty good about their chances.
Polar Reversal
Polar Reversal where the magnetic field of the Earth swaps ends is a fact. It happens every 400,000 years or so, but what causes it is still unknown. Polar Reversal could be due to the influence of an undiscovered Black Hole nearby in space, or a massive sudden upsurge in electro-magnetic activity on the sun.
Some 2012 experts believe a Polar Reversal will cause the Earth to start spinning in the opposite direction - a horrifying scenario resulting in massive electrical storms, tsunamis and earthquakes in every corner of the earth. Again the smart money is on surviving underground in the mountains. And preferably ancient mountains made of solid rock like the mighty Appalachians.
Black Hole in Space
We touched on this scenario before, but now we'll get more specific. A Black Hole is what's left over when a giant dying star collapses into a very dense ball of Matter - a ball much smaller than our Moon. This stuff is so dense that a matchbox full of Black Hole Matter would weigh countless thousands of tons. And the thing is that it still has the massive gravitational pull of the huge star whose death created it. In fact, its gravity is so strong that it can swallow up anything within millions of miles - it even pulls in light (which is why they are called Black Holes, because not even light can escape them).
A Black Hole suddenly appearing in space, even within several Light-Years of Earth would pull our entire solar system towards it, throwing the orbit of every planet out of kilter. We could collide with Venus, Mars or the Moon. Or the combined gravitational pull of the Black hole aligned with Jupiter and Saturn could rip us away from warmth of the sun, or send us plunging towards it. Either way, the surface of the Earth would quickly become uninhabitable. The only place to survive would be underground in caves or bunkers.
Global Flooding
The Bible tells us that Noah had 100 years warning of the Great Flood and used his time to prepare for it, building the ark and collecting animals. We will not have the luxury of so much time to get ready if another great flood is going to engulf the world in 2012. Around 60% of the world's population live in areas that would be totally submerged by a flood of only 20 feet high. That's almost three billion people threatened with being drowned. The panic as they all try to get to higher ground simultaneously is almost unimaginable. And for most of them higher ground will be beyond their reach.
Already the threat of Global Warming and the gradually rising sea levels that will come with it has lead a lot of people to think about the consequences for them and their loved ones if this scenario comes to pass. However a flood in 2012 would come much more suddenly - accompanied by massive hurricanes with hundred mile per hour winds and days of unrelenting torrential rain. Roads will be made impassable within hours. Remember Hurricane Katrina? This will be 1000 times worse.
So what could cause the next Great Flood? The most likely scenario is a near miss by Planet Nibiru. If Nibiru passes between the Earth and the Sun, its gravitational pull could upset the Earth's orbit pulling us closer to the sun, resulting in a rapid increase in air and sea temperatures. The warmer conditions would mean much faster evaporation of water into the atmosphere.
At the same time Nibiru's near miss would accelerate the speed that the earth spins, causing the Jet Stream (high altitude winds) to speed up as well. And as anyone who knows their weather can tell you, when rapidly rising, hot moisture-laden air and the Jet Stream meet you get one thing - Super Storms. And here's the thing, we won't get just one Super Storm. We'll get hundreds all over the world, with rain like no one has ever seen before, maybe not even Noah.
But that's not all. Even folks living on a lot of the Earth's higher ground won't be safe. Widespread catastrophic landslides would come hand in hand with the 2012 Great Flood. Sodden hillsides would give way without warning and plunge to the valleys below, carrying with them whole cities. In recent years landslides have killed countless thousands in South America and China.
The Alaskan Tsunami of 1963 was caused by landslide triggered by an earthquake. The end wall of a fjord collapsed into the water, sending a wave over 1000 feet high towards the ocean, obliterating everything in its path.
Of course the survival solution to this final scenario is pretty clear. Be in mountain areas where the high slopes are primarily made from solid, stable rock, and make sure to stay out of the valleys, which due to the heavy rain will rapidly become raging torrents.
OK so that's the bad news. Now let's see what we can do about helping your family to survive the worst 2012 can throw at you.
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