Experts Caution About Potential Increased Risks From Space Weather

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The backdrop for a 4 June Space Weather Enterprise Forum included a May 2013 report by the insurance company Lloyd's, “Solar storm risk to the North American electric grid,” which warns that a geomagnetic storm similar to a strong event in 1859 (the Carrington Event, named after British astronomer Richard Carrington, who observed it) could put 20–40 million Americans at risk of a power outage that could extend from a few days to several years, with enormous societal and economic impacts.