How to spot a solar flare — and what to do about it
The solar flare that has devastated the eastern U.S. has left more than 100,000 homes without power, and many of the region’s power plants are offline.
But there are some signs that the flare has had some impact on the U.K. and Europe.
A solar flare has killed more than 60,000 people across the United States, including in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and California, the White House said.
The U.N. has estimated that it has killed between 1.7 million and 2.3 million people globally since 1950.
The flare erupted Thursday, but it was initially thought to be a coronal mass ejection.
That’s when a huge cloud of charged particles and dust travels through space, blasting off a solar storm.
The solar system’s innermost corona can be up to 6,500 miles (10,600 kilometers) across.
The sun is an extremely powerful storm.
It can produce up to 20,000 megatons of force, according to NASA.
It’s a force equal to about 500,000 tons of TNT, the same force that blows a house off its foundation.
S Cook-Cook meteorological center in Illinois reported a flare was detected near Chicago on Friday morning.
The flare was first reported about 9 a.m.
ET, the center said.
The center said the flare was very bright and that it traveled north from the city of Chicago toward the city’s suburbs.
It then veered to the west, heading west into the lower Midwest.