In the last month, the sun has gone blank two times. Going blank means that there is an absence of sunspots, or areas of intense magnetic activity. This loss of sunspots means that the sun is going into a decreased level of solar activity for the next couple years. This doesn’t mean that we are in a safe period, quite the opposite actually. This period can bring about severe geomagnetic storms that are capable of reaching Earth and doing major damage. There was a storm back in 1859 that was during a period of decreased solar activity that shows exactly what is possible. This storm created aurora for hundreds of miles and destroyed multiple telegraph machines. This may not seem like a lot, but technology was limited then. According to the Washington Post, “If a storm of this magnitude occurred today, it could wipe out electricity, Internet and all of the technology that relies on those things for weeks or even months across an entire continent.” This would be the EMP scenario that many of our previous posts are linked to. This doesn’t mean that anything will happen for sure, but its a period where we should be prepared should something happen. Click on the article below to read from the Washington Post in detail and about the risks of EMPS.