Is a 'Katrina-like' space storm brewing?
Scientists worry we aren't prepared for event that "could zap government and cost trillions". U.S. scientists worry we aren't ready for a solar space storm that could knock out our electricity, our cell phones, even our water supply. The chances of that happening are small, but it is a possibility as we move into an active period of solar storms.
"We're not trying to be alarmist," said the lead author of the report, "but we are trying to show how our systems are interconnected."
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Of course those guys are not trying to be alarmist, they were just trying to get into the media - which they did.