Scientists are warning that Earth is overdue for a sun storm that could have devastating impact on our planet — creating a "Katrina-style disaster," according to a report by the Daily Mail.
"A massive eruption of the sun would save waves of radiation and charged particles to Earth, damaging the satellite systems used for synchronising computers, airline navigation and phone networks," the report said. "If the storm is powerful enough it could even crash stock markets and cause power cuts that last weeks or months, experts told the American Association for the Advancement of Science."
Jane Lubchenco, head of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said: "This is not a matter of if, it is simply a matter of when and how big. The last time we had a maximum in the solar cycle, about 10 years ago, the world was a very different place. Cell phones are now ubiquitous; they were certainly around but we didn't rely on them for so many different things. ... Many things that we take for granted today are so much more prone to the process of space weather than was the case in the last solar maximum."