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Thursday, 08 March 2012 - 11:21
Fears of disruption as big solar storm set to hit Earth
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A strong solar storm is expected to hit Earth shortly, and experts warn it could disrupt power grids, satellite navigations systems and plane routes.

The storm - the largest in five years - will unleash a torrent of charged particles between 06:00 GMT and 10:00 GMT.

They say it was triggered by a pair of massive solar flares earlier this week.

The effects will be most intense in Polar Regions, and aircraft may be advised to change their routings to avoid these areas.

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