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This morning at 0805 UT, sunspot 1263 produced a powerful X7-class solar flare . . . The brunt of the explosion was not Earth directed. Nevertheless, a minor proton storm is in progress around our planet, which could affect satellites in high-altitude orbits. Also, radiation from flare created waves of ionization in Earth's upper atmosphere, briefly disrupting communications at some VLF and HF radio frequencies.
SOHO coronagraphs show a CME emerging from the blast site. The cloud will probably miss Earth. At this time, however, we cannot rule out a glancing blow from the flank of the CME on or about August 11th. Stay tuned for updates.
Originally posted by Heartisblack
Is there going to a major earthquake because of this ? I'm thinking Japan here, can anybody answer that question for me ?
Originally posted by Phage
Solar flares have little effect on Earth. They can cause problems for satellites and temporary interruptions in communications.
This flare probably originated in Region 1263 which is on the edge of the Sun. It is likely that any CME which was associated with the flare will not be Earth Directed.
edit on 8/9/2011 by Phage because: (no reason given)