Follow-up to: US gov't concerned about solar storms impacting nuclear plants -- Core damage at multiple sites discussed -- Carrington-like event?
LA Times, April 11, 2013: Massive solar eruption could cause magnetic storm here on Earth [...] Early Thursday morning, solar observers watched as a dark spot on the sun erupted with an enormous flash of light, causing the biggest solar flare of 2013. [...] this one was powerful enough to cause a bubble of solar material called a CME (coronal mass ejection) to come bursting off the sun. [...] scientists expect it will reach the Earth’s atmosphere late Friday night or early Saturday [...] CMEs can occasionally affect the electronic systems of satellites or the power grid here on the ground [...] Thursday’s solar flare was responsible for a brief radio blackout, NASA reported. The sun is currently nearing the peak of its 11-year solar flare cycle [when] it is normal for there to be several solar flares a day. [...]
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Published: April 11th, 2013 at 9:49 pm ET