Doomsday Alert: NASA Warns of Friday the 13th Apocalypse Scenario Over Solar Flare Threats That Could Affect GPS, Communications Signals

By @vitthernandez on

It is Friday, the 13th, today and along with the creepy combination of that day and date mix long associated with horror and macabre events is the threat of a solar flare that could affect GPS and communication signals.

The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) warned that solar flares could result in a minor geomagnetic storm, which could temporarily damage communication signals, including mobile phone connections, reports The New York Post.

While scientists say it would unlikely lead to a situation like what happened in Doomsday movies such as Armageddon or Deep Impact, being disconnected in this time could be considered an apocalypse for many people.

The solar flares, bursts of radiations on the surface of the sun, create a coronal mass ejection (CME), which could hit the Earth and cause a shockwave that would affect communication systems, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA said, "A CME ... has been observed moving at a flank from Earth and a glancing blow to Earth from this event is expected on June 13. An outside chance of at most G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic storms remain in the forecast."

But NOAA added that most of solar flares are harmless since the Earth's atmosphere absorbs the bulk of the dangerous particles the flares emit, although two of the flares resulted in radio blackouts on Tuesday at 7:42 am and 8:52 am.

In 1859, when the last major CME hit the Earth, people reported that compasses were knocked out and telegram machines malfunctioned.