What is unusual are the predictions from NASA about the solar flares, sun storms, solar wind and the solar activity concerning sun spots in 2012. Solar Cycle 24 is a level of maximum solar activity on the sun in 2012. What has scientists concerned are the effects of solar wind, solar storms, and solar flares on our planet.
The effects of solar flares, solar wind, solar storms and sunspots can be devastating on the Earth, and it is being particularly examined concerning 2012. High solar activity and the Earth don't mix well. What has alarmed NASA scientists is that the magnetic field of the Earth is decreasing, and that is the only component that protects the Earth from the sun's harmful rays. Besides the solar effects on the Earth, all communication and technology would be rendered useless as well if the magnetic field were decreased or the poles flip. Even if solar flares, solar wind, solar storms and sunspots aren't an issue, just the mere rays of the sun and the radiation that would enter the Earth's atmosphere would be enough to kill all plant life and therefore animal and human life in turn if the magnetic field were gone or severely reduced.
With the pole flip and pole reversal of the Earth being possible, and anomalies in the magnetic field of the Earth are already present, there is some concern about the magnetic field decreasing and what effect that would have on Earth life. Those who are in the deep underground bunkers might survive since those have been being set up for over 30 years for maintaining human, animal and plant life in case of an emergency. However, anyone on the surface would die just from the loss of plant life and climate on the Earth. That would happen anyway even if a solar plasma cloud, solar storm, solar wind or solar flare never reached the Earth. The effects would be dire just by the sun's radiation alone.
Scientists don't know for sure what will happen, of course, since humanity has never been through one of these cycles before in its known history. Many people have speculated that this is what is meant when God told Noah in the Bible that he would destroy the Earth by fire instead of flooding the next time he destroys everything, and other speculate that the world being destroyed by fire means nuclear wars will do in humanity. Either way, there is no scientific proof that what the Bible says will come to pass. However, the sun's recent activity and its natural cycles have scientists concerned for good reason.
Movies like Knowing explore the idea of what it would be like if a solar flare, solar storm, solar wind or solar plasma cloud were to cause the end of the world. There are many ways that have been explored in mass consciousness through movies as to all the different ways life on Earth could be destroyed, from asteroids hitting, climate changes, tsunamis and earthquakes, volcanoes, and nuclear war. Of course there had to be a movie about the scientific speculation that a solar storm, solar flare or solar wind could harm the Earth. In light of these movies and scientific explorations of how life on Earth could end in this world, we should realize that life on Earth is truly fragile and it is a miracle that we are here at all! After all the universe is a violent place when celestial events occur.