An intense solar flare causes changes in communications
October 23, 2012
An intense solar flare magnitude X1.6 (X is the most intense in the scale) caused substantial alterations in radio communications over a wide area of the planet affecting from India to Australia and much of China, Space Climate Observatory said.
This phenomenon is part of a new solar region, known as AR 11598, which appeared last weekend in the Sun facing Earth. Experts said along these days it had generated significant scale solar activity M (middle) but finally at 05:15 hours on Tuesday starred scale flare X.
This event coincides with the decision of the Federal Energy Agency (FERC) of the U.S. Government, which acknowledged the existence of a ‘loophole’ in security for the country’s power grids.
Power grids are insufficiently prepared for possible extreme geomagnetic effects, which may be triggered by a solar flare.