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DRUDGE REPORT GIANT SOLAR STORM ROCKS EARTH MAGNETIC FIELD A powerful, fast-moving solar storm that rocked Earth's magnetic field Thursday is a "significant" threat to disrupt satellites, communications, navigation instruments and even power grids, federal space officials warn. The storm hit Earth at around 2 p.m. ET Thursday and could continue for 24 to 36 hours. KNIGHT RIDDER circuits are first with details. The event is compared to a "tidal wave in the ocean." It nearly doubled the speed of the ever-present solar wind -- the flow of electrons and protons outward from the sun -- from 839,000 mph to 1.3 million mph, reports NASA in a bulletin. MORE ----------------------------------------------------------- Filed by Matt Drudge Reports are moved when circumstances warrant http://www.drudgereport.com for updates (c)DRUDGE REPORT 2000 Not for reproduction without permission of the author