With two massive solar flares hitting the earth this morning, many are asking, "What is the potential impact of a solar flare on the Earth?"
First, "What is a solar flare?" A solar flare is a massive eruption of the sun that causes an electromagnetic solar storm that rockets out into the universe at over 4,000,000 miles per hour.
When such a massive solar storm hits the earth, it can: knock out power grids and cause power outages, affect the orbits and functioning of satellites, impact GPS systems, and attack communication devices.
There are no concerns of direct impact on human health.
How do you prepare for a solar flare? In terms of emergency preparedness, one should always be prepared for power outages that may be caused by any number of man-made or natural disasters.
So as is the case with so many potential emergencies, the best course is to take an "all-hazards" approach to emergency preparedness. Have an emergency kit and supplies that will prepare you for any emergency or disaster.