Newly Uncovered Carrington Event on August 4th,1972 Detonated Dozen of Sea Mines off the Coast of North Vietnam


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Carrington Event on August 4th,1972 Detonated Dozen of Sea Mines off the Coast of North Vietnam

On August 4th, 1972 a coronal mass ejection occurred on the sun and it was directed towards the earth.  

During this event, dozens of Sea Mines off the coast of Vietnam exploded.  The United States Navy and Government Intelligence covered this event up and it was never publicized until now. 

These events are now known as Carrington Events due to the solar storm that hit the earth in 1859 causing very serious damage to the newly developing infrastructure of the United States.  You can read more about The Carrington Event by clicking on the link below: 
The Carrington Event 1859

The Carrington Event
On the morning of September 1, 1859, amateur astronomer Richard Carrington ascended into the private observatory attached to his country estate outside of London. 
After cranking open the dome’s shutter to reveal the clear blue sky, he pointed his brass telescope toward the sun and began to sketch a cluster of enormous dark spots that freckled its surface. 
Suddenly, Carrington spotted what he described as “two patches of intensely bright and white light” erupting from the sunspots. Five minutes later the fireballs vanished, but within hours their impact would be felt across the globe.
That night, telegraph communications around the world began to fail; there were reports of sparks showering from telegraph machines, shocking operators and setting papers ablaze. 
All over the planet, colorful auroras illuminated the nighttime skies, glowing so brightly that birds began to chirp and laborers started their daily chores, believing the sun had begun rising. 
Some thought the end of the world was at hand, but Carrington’s naked eyes had spotted the true cause for the bizarre happenings: a massive solar flare with the energy of 10 billion atomic bombs. 
The flare spewed electrified gas and subatomic particles toward Earth, and the resulting geomagnetic storm—dubbed the “Carrington Event”—was the largest on record to have struck the planet.

Abstract Summary
The extreme space weather events of early August 1972 had a significant impact on the US Navy, which has not been widely reported. These effects, long buried in the Vietnam War archives, add credence to the severity of the storm: a nearly instantaneous, unintended detonation of dozens of sea mines south of Hai Phong, North Vietnam on 4 August 1972. 
This event occurred near the end of the Vietnam War. The US Navy attributed the dramatic event to 'magnetic perturbations of solar storms.' In researching these events we determined that the widespread electric‐ and communication‐ grid disturbances that plagued North America and the disturbances in Southeast Asia late on 4 August likely resulted from the propagation of major eruptive activity from the Sun to the Earth. 
The activity fits the description of a Carrington‐class storm minus the low latitude aurora reported in 1859. This report provides insight into the solar, geophysical and military circumstances of this extraordinary situation. 
This solar storm deserves a scientific revisit as a grand challenge for the space weather community, as it provides space‐age terrestrial observations of what was likely a Carrington‐class storm.
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