Solar storms join floods, terrorism as risks to UK



Solar storms join floods, terrorism as risks to UK London: Britain has added volcanoes and solar storms to floods, flu and terrorism on a list of threats to national security.

The 2012 edition of the government's National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies says the highest-priority risks to Britain are pandemic influenza, coastal flooding, terrorist attacks and volcanic eruptions in countries like Iceland.

And it adds "severe space weather" as a newly assessed risk that could disrupt communications systems, electronic circuits and power grids.

Solar storms eruptions of magnetic energy and charged particles are part of the sun's normal 11-year cycle, which is expected to reach a peak next year.

Last week, the strongest solar storm since 2004 passed without major disruptions.

PTI