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Solar Storm Alert: Earth to Be Bombarded by Solar Particles in a Few Days

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– There is an upcoming solar storm expected this weekend. Researchers have noticed a sunspot that will bombard the Earth with solar particles on Monday. Sunspots are patches of darkness on the Sun which are caused by an underlying magnetism beneath the surface. A solar storm occurs when that magnetism bubbles up and is released in the form of solar flares, which spew cosmic particles into space. Earth is in the path of these particles, so we can expect an exceptional aural display..Read more»

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  1. Our.News Fact-Check Investigation by Drew Bankert | Editor, Our.News
     

    SHTFPlan.com reports that there is “an upcoming solar storm expected” the weekend of April 20 – 21, 2019, and that “a sunspot will bombard the Earth with solar particles on Monday.” The article concludes by suggested the event “could have apocalyptic implications for all of us,” as well as making claims about “increased cancer rates” and a future of “increasingly dangerous outcomes of fairly minor solar storms such as the one expected Monday.”
     

    (1) While some tabloids have been reporting a “solar event,” these reports conflict with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center’s calculations for April 21 – 23, 2019.
     

    NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center describes that the “greatest observed 3 hr Kp over the past 24 hours [April 20, 2019] was 2 (below NOAA Scale levels),” and “The greatest expected 3 hr Kp for Apr 21-Apr 23 2019 is 3 (below NOAA Scale levels).” This directly contradicts the SHTF Plan’s claim that “an upcoming solar storm” would happen over April 20 – 21, as well as SHTF Plan’s claim that such a solar storm would expectantly “bombard” the earth with solar particles on Monday, April 22, 2019.
     

    (2) The SHTFPlan.com article concludes with a claim in which it cites its own article suggesting the article supports its own originally unfounded claim: “Increased cancer rates will occur and there will be increasingly dangerous outcomes of fairly minor solar storms such as the one expected on Monday.” Our.News was not able to find any evidential research to support the claim made by SHTFPlan.com that if Earth’s magnetic field is weakening, “cancer rates” will increase on Monday, April 22, 2019.
     

    (3) This article also suggests that “power grid failures and disruption in communications systems” could occur on Monday, April 22, 2019, among other “apocalyptic implications…” But the NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center describes April 21 – 23, 2019 saying, “No G1 (Minor) or greater geomagnetic storms are expected. No significant transient or recurrent solar wind features are forecast.” Also, “No R1 (Minor) or greater radio blackouts are expected. No significant active region flare activity is forecast.” This suggests that the apocalyptic visions described in the SHTF Plan article are misleading.
     

    Explanation of Findings. This SHTFPlan.com article ignores reports by NOAA and cites a tabloid article as well as unsubstantiated, pseudo-science in an attempt to lead its audience to believe that an apocalyptic event will occur on April 23, 2019. We therefore rate this as Misleading and Inaccurate. Click the Ratings icon above to see the current ratings, including public ratings, on this article.
     

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