Scientist: 'Don't panic, but do prepare' for solar storm

Scientist have warned that Britain needs to be prepared in the event of a 'solar-superstorm'.

At the risk of large scale blackouts and interference to satellites and GPS systems, they are urging the Government, to establish a new board of experts to lead a strategy to deal with such an event.

The Academy recommends that government sets up a Space Weather Board to oversee these issues across government departments.

Our message is: Don't panic, but do prepare - a solar superstorm will happen one day and we need to be ready for it.

– Professor Paul Cannon, who chaired the Academy's working group on extreme solar weather

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Solar superstorm warning

A once-in-a-century "solar superstorm" could hit the earth in the near future, causing black-outs, and a loss in satellite communications, scientists have warned.