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Jakarta Post

Govt told to brace for solar storms

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Tue, March 23 2010   /  10:25 am

Geologists in West Sumatra have urged the government to immediately make efforts to mitigate the impact of a solar storm that experts have predicated will take place between 2012 and 2015.Coordinating head of the West Sumatra chapter Indonesian Geologists Association (IAGI) Ade Edward told The Jakarta Post the government had officially announced possible threats resulting from
the solar storm, or geomagnetic storm, but there was still no concrete evidence.“The National Aeronautics and Space Agency [Lapan] has officially released the announcement two weeks ago that the solar storm might take place in Indonesia between 2012 and 2015, but the government has yet to set up any serious program to address the issue.”Ade said the solar storm would have an adverse impact on digital communications and power transmission, besides affecting the earth’s geomagnetic field.“It could tr...