Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization? Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

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The sun. Smooth and round and peaceful. Except when it suddenly vomits radiation and plasma in random directions. These solar flares and coronal mass ejections, or CMEs can hit earth and have serious consequences for humanity.

How exactly do they work, how bad could they be and can we prepare for them?

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    Hey! What a coincidence! I'm seeing your cool vid about solar storms on the exact same date! As well as the recent solar storm that happened a few days ago in May 2021!!!

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