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Major X1.2 Solar Flare & EARTH DIRECTED CME Jan 7, 2014

January 7, 2014

A major X-Class solar flare peaking to X1.2 was reported at 18:30 UTC Tuesday. Active Region 11944 unleashed its second eruption in 12 hours beginning with a M7.2 at 10:13 UTC. The eruption occurred while in an earth-facing position which means the resulting Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) will have a strong earth directed component. Impact on earths magnetic field is expected in the early morning hours of January 10 where strong Geomagnetic storms will be possible.
Proton levels are rising again due to the latest eruption and are expected to hit (S2) threshold associated with this event was a 10cm radio burst lasting 50 minutes and reaching 8300 solar flux units.

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