The internet has become an integral part of pretty much all of our lives and at this point, it’s hard to imagine life without it.
However, that might actually be the case and there is basically nothing we can do to stop it.
A study that was recently released called “Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse” details how within the next decade, there is a decent chance we will face a massive solar superstorm that could potentially knock out the internet and maybe even shut down power grids.
The study says that the “Astrophysicists estimate the likelihood of a solar storm of sufficient strength to cause catastrophic disruption occurring within the next decade to be 1.6 – 12 per cent.”
Now that sounds like pretty low odds, but remember, people still win the lottery with much worse odds. Solar storms of this magnitude tend to happen every 100 years and we are actually in the right conditions for one to happen soon.
The two most recent cycles of the sun, 1996-2008 and 2008-2020 were actually low points in the sun’s activity.
The study states that “modern technological advancement coincided with a period of weak solar activity and the sun is expected to become more active in the near future”
A storm like this could take out the internet for weeks, if not months, because it could actually damage the undersea cables that provide most of the world’s internet connection.