SunThe Sun has deviated from this textbook behaviour. The current cycle was about two years late in starting, the hemispheres are behaving differently and the peak of activity is relatively modest.An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic energy strong enough to disable, and even destroy, nearby electronic devices. In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated.A coronal mass ejection with severity comparable to the 1859 Carrington event, missed Earth by only 9 days in 2012. The potential global cost for such damage is pegged at $2.6 trillion.Strange Things Happening On the Sun? The sun is producing barely half the number of sunspots and its magnetic poles are out of sync.