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Now I'm freaking out less. Hopefully that's all it would turn into. That was just absolutely horrifying to read, on the site!
Tell me about it! But there's no need to hope. No need to worry. We are very protected. Our Earth has survived a handful of such large solar expulsions, without damage. There is absolutely no evidence showing that the Sun has been responsible for any large catastrophes, loss of life, or mass extinction events. Barring medical illnesses like an allergy to light, the Sun has never harmed us, or the Earth.
There's no need to hope that what I said before is a best case scenario, because what I said could happen is the worst case scenario.
Our Sun is simply too stable for such a damaging event to take place. When our Sun turns into a red giant, then we'll have cause for worry. But that's okay, because that's not due to happen for a few billion years!
At the moment, if we do have a run of very bad luck, we might get hit by a series of powerful CMEs and X-Ray bursts - but none of it will be powerful enough to overcome the Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and thick atmosphere beneath. The worst that could happen is that our electrical appliances die, and the satellites in orbit will crash. That's it.
There really is no need to panic. Or even to worry slightly.