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On the watch for geomagnetic storms

Fact Sheet 177-97

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Abstract

Geomagnetic storms, induced by solar activity, pose significant hazards to satellites, electrical power distribution systems, radio communications, navigation, and geophysical surveys. Strong storms can expose astronauts and crews of high-flying aircraft to dangerous levels of radiation. Economic losses from recent geomagnetic storms have run into hundreds of millions of dollars. With the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as the lead agency, an international network of geomagnetic observatories monitors the onset of solar-induced storms and gives warnings that help diminish losses to military and commercial operations and facilities.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
On the watch for geomagnetic storms
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
177-97
Year Published:
1997
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
National Geomagnetic Information Center
Description:
4 p.