ANYONE LIVING IN LOCATIONS WITH THE COLOR PURPLE OR HAS A NUMBER => 11 SHOULD NOT BE IN THE SUNLIGHT LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES (PER EPA GUIDELINES)!
If you had any doubts that the sun is creating some dangerous conditions take a look at the EPA forecast for UV radiation for tomorrow:
Most of the lower U.S is off the established scale….According to the government guidelines, if you live in these areas, you should not be in the sun any longer then 10-15 minutes or you risk skin damage.
In a spectacular solar display, the sun released one of the biggest solar explosions ever seen by human eyes today. A Class M CME was launched at Earth at approximately 2:41 A.M. EDT. The Royal Observatory of Belgium and other space monitoring agencies put out alerts that a major geomagnetic disrupting disturbance was headed towards Earth. Latest updates from NOAA indicate that it will not be a direct hit but will most likely affect the Earth to a slight degree. The arrival of the coronal mass ejection (CME) is projected for sometime tomorrow or on Jun 9th. This explosion comes just 2 days after another significant CME was launched from the Sun’s surface.
UPDATE 6-9-2011 (8:45 P.M. EDT): A geomagnetic storm is hitting the Earth right now – k=>5 which is moderate. The exact strength is not known at this time but power grids could be affected.
UPDATE 6-8-2011: Several countries in Europe are reporting that disruptions to power and communications grids could occur between 6 PM and over the next 24 hours. There are some discussions that flights could be diverted in certain areas. Please see newspaper report below:
UPDATED 6-9-2011: Eruptions and ash continue – 3 airlines have cancelled flights out of Argentina’s main airports (Aeroparque and Ezeiza International Airport) due to ash clouds from the volcano.
Chile has issued a red alert for the area around Puyehue, home of a decades long dormant volcano which forms part of the 4 volcano Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain. Gas and ash began erupting from it within the last hour. Hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate the region immediately. The BBC is reporting 3,500 people have asked asked to leave. The volcano is roughly 500 miles South of the capital of Santiago. Early reports are indicating a 10 mile high column of ash is towering above the volcano now.
The eruption follows a series of 5 separate 4.6+ magnitude earthquakes to hit the Neuquen, Argentina area earlier today and a 4.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Los Lagos, Chile at 2PM (EST) this afternoon.
UPDATE (8 PM EST): MSNBC is reporting a 6-mile high volcanic cloud and ash has formed in the sky over the volcano area.
The Royal Observatory of Belgium is reporting that a “C4.1 flare erupted today June 1st around 17UT from NOAA AR 1226 and was associated with a CME and a coronal dimming. STEREO COR2 images indicate that this CME is directed towards Earth. Because of its higher speed this CME will most likely catch up with the CME that erupted earlier today. Expect disturbed geomagnetic conditions on June 4th when the CME interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field.”
We predict that this may also generate earthquakes greater than 6.0 or extreme weather conditions between the 5th of June and the 8th of June. Current location of these are not known at this time.
UPDATE 6-4-2011: The Solar CME has arrived and we have a volcano eruption (Chile), several earthquake swarms in Argentina and as we stated in yesterday we predict bizarre weather patterns to commence tomorrow and last over the next few days. Look particularly for odd weather on the West Coast of the U.S.