One major solar storm, now called the Carrington Event, struck the planet in 1859 and reportedly knocked out telegraph systems all around the world. However, a top official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement earlier this week, in hopes of allaying potential concerns about the supposed event.
The impending storm will barely reach the threshold of a G1, Newsweek reported.
When a solar storm strikes it usually creates a spectacular "Northern Lights" display in parts of the atmosphere that can be seen in areas close to the Arctic Circle.
A temporary disturbance of the Earth's magnetosphere, a geomagnetic storm is the result of a solar wind shock wave and/or a cloud of magnetic field, causing an increase in plasma movement and electric current through the magnetosphere. As per NOAA, news portals across the globe misinterpreted the graph published by the Russian Academy of Science and misunderstood a feeble G1 category of the storm into a massive storm.
The arrival of the solar storm coincides with the formation of "equinox cracks" in Earth's magnetic field, which form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 every year.
A minor solar storm is traveling toward Earth and is expected to hit as early as Wednesday.
The dancing lights of the aurora may become visible in parts of Scotland and northern England and in northern regions of the US, including in MI and Maine. G-5 is the highest level of geomagnetic activity, potentially disrupting spacecraft and satellite operations and causing power grid voltage control problems. Over a century later in Canada, on March 13, 1989, a geomagnetic storm caused a major blackout in the country that lasted nine hours, disrupting electricity from the Hydro Quebec generating station and going as far as melting power transformers in New Jersey.
A solar storm is actually expected to impact the Earth from March 14 to March 15, but it certainly isn't massive.
For those who are unconvinced or fear the upcoming geomagnetic storm on March 18, they can stay prepared for any emergency similar to how they would prepare for any natural calamity.
Just because this storm isn't up to the hype doesn't mean that solar storms in general should be ignored.
At other times, there might be less than one solar storm per week.