This is why I don't like finding this stuff out! It seems the earth was nearly hit by a huge solar storm in 2012! Yikes!

The economic impact could have been 3 TRILLION dollars. 100 times the impact that Hurricane Katrina had on the Gulf Coast. This Yahoo story "Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA" tells more.

"The extreme space weather that tore through Earth's orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space agency website Wednesday. However, few Earthlings had any idea what was going on.

"If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire," said Daniel Baker, professor of atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado. Instead the storm cloud hit the STEREO-A spacecraft, a solar observatory that is "almost ideally equipped to measure the parameters of such an event," NASA said.

I heard on CNN the storm could have effectively sent us back to the 1850's, since all of today's technology would have been wiped out in the destruction.

Again, I'd rather not know about this. Blissful ignorance isn't a bad thing.