The sun will reach “solar maximum”, a particularly extreme active period in 2025, and today’s digital world is not prepared for it, reported Washington Post. It is feared that the “solar maximum” can lead to severe solar storms, which may affect all electronic communication systems on Earth including the Internet.
This report is based on a research paper ‘Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse’ by Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, a computer science professor at the University of California at Irvine.
According to Jyothi, a severe solar storm can affect large-scale infrastructure such as undersea communication cables that could interrupt long-distance connectivity.
Following this report, terms like “internet apocalypse” has become viral on social media. People have started to discuss started discussing how will the new generation hooked to the internet will cope with the situation if such an event takes place.
It is said that in 1859, because of a severe solar storm, the telegraph lines sparked and operators were electrocuted. It is claimed that in 1989 solar storm took out the Quebec power grid for hours.