Credit NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Only 6 days in and 2023 has its first X-Class Solar Flare! The Newly-emerging sunspot AR 3182 popped off an X1.2 flare in the early morning hours of Jan 6, see the GOES XRay graph below
On January 3 the sunspot group blasted off a warning with a probable X-Class Flare with a giant eruption on the far side of the sun, the magnetic storm from the blast will miss planet Earth. See Giff below. As you can see on Solar Dynamics Observatory Giff above, sunspot AR3182 has now edged itself onto the Earth-facing side of the Sun.
NOAA is forecasting a 10% chance of more X-Class flares in the next 24 hours as the monster sunspot group turns further toward Earth. According to Spaceweather.com a pulse of X-rays and extreme UV radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere, causing a shortwave radio blackout across South Pacific. And of course with high activity on our Star, we can expect an uptick in seismic activity here on Earth. . .