I think it may be the most pragmatic thing to do. Better shut the grid down for whatever time it takes for the flare to hit us than to replace all the transformers and have an uncontrollable situation on our hands.Posted by BestLion (here)
Midnight Ramble, do you think they will shut off the entire power grid of the USA..cause some satellite told them to?> or in Russia-China? I dont think they will and that flare will burn out all electronics that are powered in..
And it is not that some satellite tells someone to shut it off. The camera's on the sun can see the flare come off it and with calculations done by scientists they may be able to estimate the damage the flare could inflict. I have seen some predictions of possible EMP's hitting earth but nothing real has happened (yet). So maybe some protection is set up all along.