Space weather 2023
Monday, 24 April 2023 More Signs And Wonders: A large magnetic filament hundreds of thousands of miles long on our Sun suddenly snapped hurling a massive solar storm towards Earth! That storm arrived this morning and caused a massive mag 7.3 quake near New Zealand and light shows around the world
Credit USGS and Earthwindmap.
A massive magnitude 7.3 quake, reduced to 7.1 by USGS was recorded in the middle of the severe G4-class geomatic storm this morning near the Kermadec islands of New Zealand, the massive quake was less than 50km deep, there has been no mention of a tsunami warning.
The powerful quake was one of the biggest of the year and was the 47th major quake, (mag 6 or higher) of a very busy seismic 2023 so far.
Many of the most powerful quakes this year have been linked to solar activity just as the one this morning.
Wednesday, 29 March 2023 More Signs And Wonders! The 7th X-Class flare of 2023—CME's clocked at over 3,000 km per second and another at nearly 1,000! Giant Plasma Bubbles almost half a million miles in diameter—The biggest sunspot in years, more than four times the size of Earth: We keep getting lucky, Divine intervention?
On New Year's Eve 2022, a giant plasma bubble was recorded exploding from the Southwestern limb of our Sun. It was the biggest firework show of the evening. At 400,000 km in diameter, the massive dome was, fortunately, fired away from Earth. Fortune would become the lady of the first 3 months for Earth in 2023.
Since New Year's Eve's mighty firework display, solar activity and mind-blowing space weather events have been a constant spectacle of wonder and awe to many and yet, the greatest and most dangerous natural weapon known to man is almost never mentioned by our MSM. However, this constant barrage is becoming routine, at least in the early days of 2023.
Last night, once again, our sun produced another X-class solar flare, the 7th of 2023. The X1.2-category explosion came from sunspot AR3256 near the sun's southwestern limb. According to Spaceweather.com, the flare was impulsive and was probably too brief to lift a CME out of the sun's atmosphere, another false alarm, luckily for us.
Had this CME hit our planet's defence mechanism, the magnetosphere head-on, well, we would today be sat behind our telephone and computer screens without any power. . . No internet, no power, no electricity, no satellites. . . Nothing. I certainly wouldn't be writing this post!
Saturday, 4 March 2023 More Signs And Wonders! The 6th X-Class Flare of 2023 exploded from the sun's surface yesterday and it came from departing sunspot AR3234. G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible on March 4th and 5th in response to an incoming CME, hurled into space by the M8.6-class flare of Feb. 28th, the CME is not heading directly for Earth.
Saturday, 4 March 2023 'SIGNS AND WONDERS!'—A third major quake in less than a month lets-loose in the middle of a cyclone north of New Zealand—We have seen 29 great earthquakes already this year, one every 2.3 days. During the same period in 1903, just 2 major quakes had been recorded—1913, 11 major quakes, 1923 only 13—1933, 14 major quakes, in 1943, just 7—We are witnessing great earthquakes!
Credit Earthwindmap and USGS.
Well folks, there we go, for the third time in less than a month a major quake, (mag 6 or higher) has rock 'n rolled' in, or around an active cyclone. Early this morning a very powerful mag 6.9 rocked the Kermadec Islands north of New Zealand and was the third major quake in this area in the last three days. What is extremely interesting is this morning's powerful quake is the fact it occurred in the middle of two cyclones Kevin and Judy. . .
This unusual pattern has become a regular occurrence in 2023. For instance, yesterday for the second time this month, a major quake struck an area during a cyclone. Yesterday at around 19:00 hrs, (UTC) a powerful magnitude 6.5 major quake, (mag 6 or higher) rocked the West coast of the South Pacific island Vanuatu at the same time the island was being pounded by Tropical Cyclone KEVIN-23, see map below.
Credit Earthwindmap and USGS. Once again a major quake coincides with another geological occurrence!
For the second time this month, a major quake struck an area during a cyclone. Yesterday at around 19:00 hrs, (UTC) a powerful magnitude 6.5 major quake, (mag 6 or higher) rocked the West coast of the South Pacific island Vanuatu at the same time the island was being pounded by Tropical Cyclone KEVIN-23, see map above.
Just sixteen days ago, a powerful magnitude of 6.1 was recorded in the Kermadec Islands, above North Island, New Zealand during the arrival of Cyclone Gabrielle, see map below.
Thursday, 23 February 2023 The major quakes keep coming! A magnitude of 7.4 on the RSOE disaster map has been officially reported as a very powerful, shallow, magnitude of 6.8 by USGS. (why do they always reduce the size?) close to the Tajikistan-Xinjiang border region: Almost 50,000 dead after the Turkey-Syria quake!
We had another very strong quake early this morning and I haven't seen anything about it anywhere on MSM. The quake was recorded as a magnitude of 7.4 on the RSOE disaster map but has been officially reported as a very powerful, shallow, magnitude of 6.8 by USGS. (why do they always reduce the size?)
The epicentre was close to the Tajikistan-Xinjiang border region, it is a baron landscape so luckily there should not be much damage and hopefully no casualties. The major quake, (mag 6 or higher) is very interesting though in its location. It is almost on the exact same horizontal longitude as the mag 7.8 quake which killed almost 50,000 people in Turkey and Syria recently. It's about 1700 miles East of the Turkey quake with Iran sandwiched exactly between both of them.
In a week of terrible consequences from the seismic activity and the powerful magnitude 7.8 killer quake in Turkey followed by a cluster of massive aftershocks this week, it is probably not surprising solar activity has got in on the act with our sun's 4th X-Class Flare yesterday, after all, solar and seismic activity are usually linked together.
Saturday, 21 January 2023 AR3190, the biggest sunspot in years and visible to the naked eye has so far failed to deliver: However, an enormous plasma discharge, more than 500,000 km long released from sunspot AR3192 ZIG-ZAGGED more than half a million km and zapped the massive sunspot. More seismic activity records two more major quakes last night!
Sunspot AR3190, (magnified above) the biggest sunspot in years and visible to the naked eye has so far failed to deliver. The impressive sunspot, more than 4 times larger than the earth has not ejected the massive X-Class solar flare many astronomers were hoping for.
However, yesterday, sunspots AR3192 and Ar3190 briefly introduced each other when a bolt of lightning connected the two sunspots together, see left, credit Spaceweather.com. . .
An enormous plasma discharge, more than 500,000 km long released from sunspot AR3192 ZIG-ZAGGED more than half a million km and zapped the massive sunspot AR3190.
Wednesday, 18 January 2023 Locked n' loaded! Massive sunspot AR3190 takes aim and faces earth: It's the biggest sunspot in years (More than 4 times the size of earth) and is now facing our planet directly. It is so big it can be seen with the naked eye and is responsible for two very powerful major quakes in Indonesia
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.
Sunday, 15 January 2023 After nearly two weeks of constant solar activity and threats from numerous DANGEROUS sunspots, Earth's magnetosphere has received a powerful shock wave from a Coronal Mass Ejection, (CME). A Near Miss: A sign from Heaven... 2012 the year the world was supposed to end almost did!
Wednesday, 11 January 2023 Another X-Class Solar Flare from the dangerous sunspot AR3186 was recorded late last night, the third X-Class Flare this week! Active sunspots AR3181, AR3182, AR3184 and AR3186 are all showing very unstable 'delta class' magnetic fields and could be potentially dangerous.
When space weather meets major seismic activity!
I have been blogging about quakes and spaceweather since 2008 but I have never witnessed this before. . .
This afternoon, a very powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake rocked Indonesia at precisely 18:47 UTC—Just 3 minutes later at 18:50 our Sun launched a powerful X-Class flare from sunspot AR3182! I have never seen two powerful events so closely linked together before! I'm flabbergasted. . .
The powerful major quake, (mag 6 or higher) rocked the Pacific Ring Of Fire, the second in as many days. This one was a magnitude 7.6 struck Pulau Pulau Tanimbar, in Indonesia.
Friday, 6 January 2023 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 It comes just 3 after the monster sunspot group probably fired off another X-Class flare on the far side of our Sun! We can expect an uptick in seismic activity here on Earth. . .