EARTH SCIENCE SERVICES > ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORIES > SPACE WEATHER ADVISORIES > SOLAR RADIATION STORMS
Caused by solar flares, radiation storms are made up of photons, electrons, and
protons. Protons take the lead in these storms, posing much more danger to
those not protected by the Earth's magnetic field. They cause damage by
breaking chemical bonds in genetic material.
Adapted from SpaceWeather.com http://www.spaceweather.com/glossary/srs.html
and NOAA Space Weather http://www.sec.noaa.gov/NOAAscales/