Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 29, 2022

Writers’ Corner – 2022 – Post #4

Writers’ Corner – 2022 – Post #4

What is the Carrington Event, and how can writers prepare?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Carrington Event occurred on September 1, 1859. Astronomers Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson each independently observed a solar flare that was tied to a huge coronal mass ejection (CME). The CME hit the Earth, severely damaging the telegraph systems of the day, injuring telegraph operators, and, in some cases, causing fires. Auroras appeared across most of the Earth, some nearly as bright as daylight.

Another Carrington-scale CME, on July 23, 2012, missed the Earth by a little over a week. If it had hit, the damage around the world from the electromagnetic pulse would likely have been in the trillions.

Going forward, writers can prepare by keeping paper copies of manuscripts and important documents like bank statements, keeping ample food and water supplies to last through prolonged power outages, and having a wood-burning fireplace with plenty of wood on hand during the colder months.

For further information on this subject, the following link is a good place to start.

Carrington Event – Wikipedia

What are your thoughts on this topic?


  1. Ahh. I presume you have read Dr. Forstchen’s book “One Second After”…

    • Hi Aunt Mary! I’ll have to check out this book. I first heard about the Carrington event many years ago on a news program and researched the subject in depth. Some folks worry about a manmade electromagnetic pulse, but I’m more concerned about the solar kind as they happen with some regularity. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

  2. Another Carrington event really worries me. It’s not if, but when – and yet virtually nothing has been done to offset or plan for what’ll happen if Earth is hit by one. Ouch.

    • So true, Matthew. All we can do at the local level is prepare for an extended power outage and hope for the best. In addition to canned foods and bottled water, I’d recommend keeping vegetable seeds, pots, and potting soil on hand. And a wee bit of extra toilet paper. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

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