Experts warn that strong geomagnetic storms could disrupt power systems as a result of a ‘full halo’ solar storm.

A LARGE “full halo”Experts warn that a solar storm could hit Earth and cause severe geomagnetic storms, which could impact power systems.

On Saturday, a type of solar storm called a coronal Mass ejection (CME), arrived directly at Earth.


On Saturday, a CME struck Earth, causing a minor G1 class geomagnetic stormCredit: Getty
Geomagnetic storms can cause auroras aka north lights and other displays of light in Earth's atmosphere


Geomagnetic storms are known to cause auroras (aka north lights) and other light displays in Earth’s atmosphere.Credit: AFP

This was caused by the sun’s magnetic field lines getting tangled and large particles escaping the sun’s atmospheric erupted.

Once this is done “full-halo”Our planet was hit by a storm, and a minor G1-class Geomagnetic Storm emerged. Space Weather reported.

Although a G1-class storm can be quite safe, it can still cause damage to the power grid.

According to Newsweek?, “full-halo”Name is derived from the way storms appear in coronagraph imagery. They are seen flaring around the sun like an oblique.

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more G1-class storms could be expected in the days ahead. There is also a possibility for moderate-strong storms within hours.

Earth experiences more severe storms of moderate (G2-class) or strong (G3 class) severity.

G2-class storms can cause voltage alarms and transformer damages in high-latitude power systems.

G3-class storms, which are stronger than others, can cause false alarms and voltage corrections in some protection devices.

The G1 class geomagnetic storm has already reached Earth and created auroras that appeared in the northern-tier US.

Auroras are visible light waves, similar to the northern lights seen in Iceland.

“At about 12 midnight, I noticed a familiar light purple vertical glow to the east,”Greg Ash, Ely, Minnesota, spoke out about Space Weather. “It was STEVE!”

However, STEVE is not technically an aurora.

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Auroras result from the interaction of sun’s charged particles and Earth’s oxygen and nitrogen molecules.

However, STEVE can be created by charged particles being heated up in the atmosphere. This is much lower than an auroras creation.


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