Friday the 13th is a day of spooks, thrills, and unusual occurrences, and this Friday is no exception. In fact, NOAA and NASA have predicted that this Friday the 13th, a major solar flare, triggered by a “coronal mass ejection,” could create a shockwave, causing blackouts and disruptions to GPS and communications signals. Over the past few days, ABC News reported that three major solar flares have happened on the sun’s surface that already caused “brief blackouts in high frequency communications.” Check out NASA’s photo of the recent solar flares below. To see more pics, check out the ABC News article, “Solar Flare Could Send Shockwave on Friday the 13th.”


If a solar shockwave hits, make sure you know what to do in case of a power outage or communications failure. Check out these articles to help you prepare: Preparing for and Responding to a Power Outage Who Couldn’t Use a Faraday Cage? (Plus how to make one) Even if Friday the 13th comes and goes without incidence, it's still a good idea to prepare. Are you prepared for a mass communications failure? What have you done to prepare? -Angela Sources

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