Solar storm disrupts global systems, Hong Kong misses auroras

South China Morning Post May 11, 2024, 06:00 PM UTC

Summary: A powerful solar storm caused by frequent sun activities led to an extreme geomagnetic storm, affecting global communication, navigation, and power systems. While Hong Kong missed the auroras, other countries experienced dazzling celestial displays. London and northern China had rare sightings due to the storm's intensity. The US NOAA upgraded the event, the first since 2003's "Halloween Storms," to extreme.

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