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14,300-Year-Old Tree Reveals Apocalyptic Warning for Today’s Humans


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Tree rings of a buried subfossil tree in the Drouzet River. Radiocarbon spikes found in these rings revealed that the most powerful solar storm found yet occurred around 14,300 years ago. CÉCILE MIRAMONT

Evidence of the most powerful solar storm in history has been uncovered in an unlikely place: within the rings of a tree.

This immensely powerful solar storm is thought to have been at least 10 times as powerful as the Carrington Event of 1859, which caused chaos in the rudimentary telegraph system of the time.

New research has now found that a radiocarbon spike found within ancient tree rings in the French Alps reveals the full extent of the sun’s power and the potential danger it poses to us if a storm of this scale occurs today, according to a study published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences.

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