The CME would have initially disrupted GPS signals and trigger radio blackouts, throwing the world into a state of chaos.
Then, as the bulk of solar material directly crashed into the atmosphere, the experts predicted widespread power blackouts would disable virtually “everything that plugs into a wall socket”.
According to NASA, the CME would have even disabled basic amenities like toilets because urban water suppliers rely on electric pumps.
More recently, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have published a paper in which they identified solar storms as the single biggest threat to the worldwide web.
In the study, Computer Science expert Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi said the impact from a major solar storm could leave between 20 and 40 million people without access to power for as long as two years.