X-FLARE! Returning sunspot AR1967 unleashed a powerful X5-class solar flare on Feb. 25th at 00:57 UTC.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash.
This is the most intense flare of 2014 so far, and one of the most intense of the entire current solar cycle…
Reported from SpaceWeather.com, A flare of this magnitude can cause radio blackouts on the dayside of Earth and radiation storms in the hours ahead as particles accelerated by the blast reach our planet.
The flare’s effects will not be as severe as otherwise because the location of the blast site was near the sun’s southeastern limb, not directly facing Earth.
The source of the flare is long-lived sunspot AR1967 (now renamed AR1990), and is now beginning its third trip across the Earthside of the sun.
This region was an active producer of flares during its previous transits, and it looks like the third time will be little different.
X-flares are the highest category (most powerful) solar flares and have the potential to end life as we know it on earth.
It is widely theorized that had the same X-flare of 1859 (the Carrington event) occurred today, the EMP effects would cause our electrical power grids to crash and life would be sent back hundreds of years in the blink of an eye.
The only way to effectively prepare for an event like this is to be living a life without electricity – or being prepared to live such a life… as well as the consequences from those who have not prepared.