24 Jan '12, 1am

Biggest solar storm since 2005 pummels Earth

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A potent solar flare has unleashed the biggest radiation storm since 2005 and could disrupt some satellite communications in the polar regions, United States space weather monitors said on Monday. The event started late on Sunday with a moderate-sized solar flare that erupted right near the centre of the Sun, said Doug Biesecker, a physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Centre. 'The flare itself was nothing spectacular, but it sent off a very fast coronal mass ejection travelling 6.4 million kmh,' he told AFP. A rush of radiation in the form of solar protons already has begun bombarding the Earth and is likely to continue through Wednesday.

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