A new research paper outlines how the next solar storm could destroy the Internet globally.
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Recently, UC professor Irvine Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi wrote a research paper that outlined a terrifying possibility that the next solar storm can destroy the internet worldwide. The world noticed when the academician explained the vulnerabilities present in our current global Internet infrastructures.
It turns out that the electronic systems of submarine cables responsible for the Internet are very vulnerable to the resulting radiation from a solar storm. If they were damaged by a big solar storm, it would take them a lot of time, effort and money to repair them. But the trouble will not end there.
Global economies would suffer because the Internet is so important to businesses and governments today. Many companies will have to close their doors and therefore many employees will have to be fired. In fact, studies show that disconnecting the Internet nationwide could cost the US economy up to $ 7.2 billion a day.
So what exactly happens during a solar storm? How does this happen affect internet cables? How likely is it that such a powerful storm will occur? And what can be done to protect the planet from such a disastrous scenario? We answer all these questions in our video.