Two massive X-class solar flares released over the past few days have caused radio blackouts across the Pacific Ocean.
The first flare, on August 5, was measured as being an X1.6-class solar flare, and was released from sunspot AR3386, which also resulted in a coronal mass ejection being flung out into space. The second, released on August 7, was an X1.5-class flare.
The flares hit the Earth and caused shortwave radio blackouts, with mariners and ham radio operators around the Pacific experiencing signal loss at frequencies below 30 MHz.
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