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Earth Struck By Geomagnetic Storm: Global Auroras, Disruptions Expected

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Earth Struck By Geomagnetic Storm: Global Auroras, Disruptions Expected

(CTN News) – A fast-moving Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has caused a severe level 4 geomagnetic storm, which engulfed Earth 12 hours earlier than predicted.

The storm, which originated from sunspots AR3614 and AR3615, arrived on March 24, 2024, raising concerns about disruptions to power grids and satellite operations. Moreover, auroras are visible across vast regions across Europe and Asia, even reaching northern mid-latitudes where such phenomena are not often observed.

Geomagnetic storms have already started manifesting their effects, with reports emerging from various parts of the world of satellite communications issues and power grid fluctuations.

Typically found in polar regions, the auroras have made an appearance in areas unaccustomed to such displays, providing not only a rare spectacle but also a hint at the severity of the storm.

In particular, Dr Tamitha Skov, an expert in the field of critical infrastructure and communications, has expressed concern about the potential impact on critical infrastructure and communication networks, emphasizing the need for heightened vigilance.

A geomagnetic storm is a disturbance in Earth’s magnetosphere caused by a shock wave and/or cloud of magnetic field that interacts with the magnetic field of the Earth.

The level 4 storm, which is classified as severe, is an indication of the significant energy released from sunspot AR3614 and AR3615. As a result of the early impact of the CME, the unpredictable nature of solar activity and the potential for widespread disruptions have been brought to light, emphasizing the importance of preparing and monitoring in a timely manner by relevant authorities and scientists.

It is becoming increasingly important to mitigate the long-term effects of the geomagnetic storm on technological systems and infrastructure as it continues to unfold. Organizers and utility providers are urged to improve their preparedness for future power grid disruptions, while satellite operators are advised to watch for anomalies in their operations.

In order to better understand these solar phenomena and enhance predictive capabilities for future events, the scientific community is keeping close watch on the storm’s progress and assessing its implications worldwide.

Despite the auroras lighting up skies far beyond their usual reaches, this geomagnetic storm illustrates our planet’s vulnerability to the influence of the sun.

We must not overlook the underlying risks associated with our increasingly technologically dependent society, despite the fact that it offers a unique visual treat.

As a result of this event, we should continue to invest in research and preparedness in order to protect ourselves from the unpredictable forces of our solar system.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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