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Adv. Geosci., 14, 271-275, 2008
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10 Apr 2008
Space storms as natural hazards
L. I. Dorman1, N. G. Ptitsyna2, G. Villoresi3, V. V. Kasinsky4, N. N. Lyakhov4, and M. I. Tyasto2 1Israel Cosmic Ray Center affiliated to Tel Aviv University and Technion, Qazrin, Israel
2SPbIZMIRAN, St. Petersburg, Russia
3University "Roma Tre", Rome, Italy
4Irkutsk Institute of Railway Transport, Irkutsk, Russia
Abstract. Eruptive activity of the Sun produces a chain of extreme geophysical events: high-speed solar wind, magnetic field disturbances in the interplanetary space and in the geomagnetic field and also intense fluxes of energetic particles. Space storms can potentially destroy spacecrafts, adversely affect astronauts and airline crew and human health on the Earth, lead to pipeline breaking, melt electricity transformers, and discontinue transmission. In this paper we deal with two consequences of space storms: (i) rise in failures in the operation of railway devices and (ii) rise in myocardial infarction and stroke incidences.

Citation: Dorman, L. I., Ptitsyna, N. G., Villoresi, G., Kasinsky, V. V., Lyakhov, N. N., and Tyasto, M. I.: Space storms as natural hazards, Adv. Geosci., 14, 271-275,, 2008.