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Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
I disagree Sir. first off we don't know what the classification of flare was that hit the earth then, second a strong C class could do damage in the right place.
Flares are characterized by their brightness in X-rays (X-Ray flux), the GEOS Class. The biggest flares are X-Class flares. They are major events that can trigger radio blackouts around the whole world and long-lasting radiation storms in the upper atmosphere.
M-Class flares have a tenth the energy. They generally cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth's polar regions. Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare.
C-Class flares have a tenth of the X-ray flux seen in M-Class flares. They have with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.
Each CME blasts up to 220 billion pounds of solar plasma into space at up to 2,000,000 miles per hour. ( Note that this is much slower than the speed of light. The speed of light is 670,616,629 miles per hour. )
Scientists were amazed that instead of taking the normal 2-3 days to reach earth, this CME made it to earth in 30 minutes