Second major solar flare of the day - X1.5 from southeastern limb

Two X-class solar flares erupted in just over one hour from Sun’s southeastern limb today. The first one peaked at 11:42 UTC as an impulsive X2.2 – you can read more about it here. The second X-class event of the day started at 12:36, peaked at 12:52 as X1.5 and ended at 13:03 UTC.Surprising as it is, this is now the sixth X-class solar flare of 2014.While the X2.2 was impulsive in nature and it did not generate a big Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), the second one had a Type IV Radio Emission which usually occur in association with major eruptions on the Sun and are typically associated with strong CMEs and solar radiation storms. Additionally, a 10cm Radio Burst lasting 18 minutes, with peak flux of 530 sfu, was associated with … »

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Major solar flare reaching X2.2 erupted from southeastern limb

An impulsive solar flare reaching X2.2 at its peak time erupted on June 10, 2014, generating R3 (Strong) radio blackout. The event started at 11:36, peaked at 11:42 and ended at 11:44 UTC. Source was Active Region 2087 located on the southeastern limb.A large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is not expected and it should not be Earth directed. Potential Impacts: area of impact consists of large portions of the sunlit side of Earth, strongest at the sub-solar point. Radio – Wide area blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for about an hour.A 10cm Radio Burst lasting 3 minutes, with peak flux of 1400 sfu, was associated with the event. A 10cm radio burst indicates that the electromagnetic burst associated with a solar flare at the 10cm wavelength wa… »

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Extreme heatwave causes power and water crisis, northern India

India’s heat wave has intensified in last couple of days, particularly in the north, where temperatures reached almost 50 degrees Celsius on Sunday, May 8th. Many northern cities are recording their highest temperatures in years. Emergency meeting is scheduled today to discuss the ongoing power and water shortage crisis. Abnormal temperatures have led to a dramatic spike in the demand for power, from 8 000 to 11 000 megawatts, and the resulting blackouts have shut down air conditioning units and water pumps.In Delhi, the maximum temperature touched a 62-year high at 47.8 degree Celsius on Sunday. City malls were told they will not receive power after 10 pm and street lamps will be switched off at the same time for three hours. Government off… »

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