After nearly two weeks of constant solar activity and threats from numerous DANGEROUS sunspots, Earth's magnetosphere will receive a powerful graze from a Coronal Mass Ejection, (CME) today.
The CME was hurled into space on Jan. 14th by a dramatic twisting eruption in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR3182, seen on the SDO movie above, lower right, and below on the giff. AR3182 is now turning away from Earth around the sun's Western limb!The first two weeks of 2023 have seen a plethora of solar activity recording three X-Class Flares. With a barrage of large sunspots emerging from the eastern limb of the sun, we can expect more high-energy activity next week.
Of course, high active solar energy is usually accompanied by major quake activity (mag 6 or higher) and the last few days have been no exception. This morning a very deep magnitude 6.3 quake rocked the Izu Islands near Japan, see the map below.
Earlier a magnitude of 6.0 was recorded in the Indonesia region of Nias. The two major quakes, (mag 6 or higher bring the total to 5 so far in 2023 with a very powerful magnitude of 7.6 which rocked Indonesia on Jan 9.Credit USGS.