Tuesday, 20 December 2016

It's the sixth major quake in 3 days and the 9th in this area this month and with a huge coronal hole still facing Earth: More to come?


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Another major quake the 6th to strike our planet since Saturday afternoon and incredibly the 9th in this area this month as well as including the massive mag 8.0 in Papua New Guinea on the 17th and the mag 7.8 on the 8th, the area is suffering hundreds of aftershocks too.

We could be in for more major quake activity as an enormous coronal hole on the Sun is still facing Earth directly. This morning’s strike is the 14th major quake of December and the 142nd of 2016.


This is a "coronal hole"--a region in the sun's atmosphere where the magnetic field opens up and allows solar wind to escape. We've actually seen this coronal hole before--at least twice. It is rotating around with the sun, strobing Earth like a lighthouse every ~27 days. The last two times we experienced its solar wind (Oct. 25-28 and Nov. 23-26), G1- and G2-class magnetic storms sparked bright polar auroras. A repeat performance is likely in the week ahead. Spaceweather.com

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