Jun 072011
IN SPACE - JUNE 7:  In this handout from NASA/...

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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:

“We’re Seeing Things We’ve Never Seen Before”


Massive Solar Flare Could Disrupt Communications

Jun 042011
Puyehue-Cordón Caulle

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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.


Apr 092011