Black­outs on the anvil

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AR­EAS CLOSER to the equa­tor will ex­pe­ri­ence dis­turb­ing ef­fects on the power grid in­fra­struc­ture due to stormy space weather. Sci­en­tists say equa­to­rial elec­tri­cal dis­rup­tions could threaten power grids in South­east Asia, In­dia, Africa and South Amer­ica, where pro­tect­ing power in­fra­struc­ture is not a pri­or­ity. Such events strike equa­to­rial re­gions more fre­quently than pre­vi­ously thought. Even low in­ten­sity storms can re­sult in black­outs. Geo­phys­i­cal Re­search Let­ters, Au­gust 25

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