The scientific community is closely monitoring the radiation as its effects could affect communications in the coming days, in addition to producing northern lights at lower latitudes than usual.
What are solar flares or flares?
Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation that suddenly increase the brightness of a region of the Sun's atmosphere. That radiation cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere and physically affect humans, but when it is powerful enough it can disturb the light. Atmospheric layer through which communications signals (especially radio signals) and GPS travel.
Solar storms are the result of a build-up of magnetic energy in some places. These jets of ionized matter are projected at high speed in the Sun's corona and beyond, up to hundreds of thousands of kilometers in altitude.
The series of natural phenomena that shook the Earth this week has been unusual, but the worst news is that others are still expected.
In addition to the solar flare recorded on Wednesday, the most powerful in the last 12 years, on Thursday Mexico was hit by an 8.2 magnitude earthquake, the strongest recorded in that country since 1985. Dozens of people were killed. The earthquake even led to the declaration of a tsunami alert in an immense region: from the Mexican coasts to those of Ecuador, passing through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.
Many scientists are linking earthquakes to the intensity of solar flares. Some examples: the case of the great Chile Earthquake in 2010, there was a previous solar storm and the gemomagnetic field was altered hours before, for the 2011 Japan earthquake. The list is long for the phenomenon. On this occasion, and in the case of Mexico, history repeats itself.
Studies of correlations between solar storms and earthquakes take into consideration the Shuman resonance. It is said that the electrical charge that reaches the Earth, and that enters through one of our poles, then goes to areas with a greater presence of igneous rocks, and causes the friction limit between them to decrease, since their temperature rises and then there is a greater possibility of a telluric movement.
Solar storms should serve as an early warning for areas with a seismic history. It is clear that it is very complex to determine at what geographical point the movement will be triggered, but at least, by notifying the population without creating an alert, educating and informing, lives can be saved.
Meanwhile, since the beginning of this week, three hurricanes - Irma, José and Katia - have swept through the Caribbean, causing deaths, evacuations and serious damage. This Saturday and Sunday Irma became the largest tropical storm in the Atlantic and entered continental territory with winds that were around 215 kilometers per hour (category 4), according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), continuing with the serious damage and evacuations .
Floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal that have left 1,200 dead and millions displaced
Heavy rains develop from June to late September due to the monsoon, but this year the Red Cross reported that they have been the worst in decades. The spokeswoman for that organization commented: "A lot of attention has been paid to other disasters in other parts of the world at the moment and Southeast Asia has been ignored."
Many of the victims were washed away when floods caused by torrential monsoon rains hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in June, destroying entire towns and cities in this part of the country that was crowded with tourists during the high season. Keep reading
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