March 8th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

Solar storms causing few problems on Earth

Geomagnetic and solar radiation storms hitting Earth after Tuesday's solar flares may not be as big as advertised, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

Together, such storms can affect GPS systems, other satellite systems and power grids, but none of these problems has been reported, even as the leading edge of the sun's coronal mass ejections from Tuesday hit Earth on Thursday morning, scientists said.

The geomagnetic storm has reached only G1 intensity on a scale from G1 (weak) to G5 (extreme), and the solar radiation storm is an S3 (strong) on a similar 1-to-5 scale, NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center said. Earlier, NOAA had predicted a G3/S4 event.

Still, the solar radiation storm has prompted some airlines to divert planes from routes near the north pole, where radio communications may be affected and passengers at high altitudes may be at a higher than normal radiation risk.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. ron

    Attention earthlings: for maximum reception please adjust your tinfoil hats now. Thank-you, that is all

    March 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the Prophet

    There is going to a massive earthquake as a result of this solar flair, be prepared it depends on the orbital position of the earth to whrere the energy will hit thence pool and stretch our atmosphere transferring this massive energy to our tectonics plates, thus causing massive earthquakes, Washington DC is on this path so is Georgia and North Carolina.
    Yellow stone will erupt August 21 2012 my last week post prediction was correct about the solar flair.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes (if not for you)

      Will you, please?

      If you really believe you're saying, go lie on the freeway to keep people out on August, whatever it is. Posting it here, now, isn't going to save anyone. We have short attention spans... one or two days tops!

      Does anyone remember his predictions?

      March 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mi mi mi mi mi

      I read an article stating that there were going to be solar flareups. Not to much of a stretch to think he read the same ones. How about a prediction I can use, like the winning powerball numbers? C'mon!

      March 9, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • cruz

      hi my question is what will happen if the yellow stone erupt what will affect us on this one and the massive earthquake how big is going to hit around the world ?

      April 19, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. I Think I Will Change My Name For Every Post.....


    March 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    I almost had that Corona mass ejection (puke everywhere).

    March 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mi mi mi mi mi

      Forgot the lime, did you?

      March 9, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. High Hopes (if not for you)

    Laughing out Loud!

    Adjust your antennas to hear the latest messages from the aliens.


    Do you have a message for the human race?

    Please, no barbeque.

    Smoke start sun fire!

    There you have it, folks, another exclusive report. And, you heard it first right here on CNN. Ah... over and out!?!

    March 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. High Hopes (if not for you)


    Now you can puke everywhere, if you must.

    March 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |

    Sooo. No earth crust displacement this time? Remember heard it first from Charlie!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    roflao @ high hopes, very funny stuff.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mystery

    we are so focus on what going to happen to earth. Like Sun flare hitting the Planet Earth. ? is what will happen if the sun solar flare hits other planets we'll it have any effect in milkyway gallaxies or the orbit of our gallaxies. any answers please post

    March 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maddie

    Sounds like we need to be prepared. I bought some faraday bags to protect my electronics in any case from

    May 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |