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Lucky escape for Earth after solar flare

2012-01-24 11:23

Cape Town - The Earth will not bear the brunt of the coronal mass ejection that will hit the planet on Tuesday.

"Its source was an active area about 45° to 50° off the equator of the sun," Kobus Olckers, space weather officer at the Ises Regional Space Weather Warning Centre in Hermanus told News24.

He said that most of the CME would miss the planet, but that minor disruptions were still possible because of the scale of the event.

"Most of the mass - I would say 95% of the mass - is going away from the ecliptic plane, so that thing is going away from all the planets," Olckers said.

The plane of the ecliptic is the plane of the planets around the sun and the Earth would be more vulnerable if a CME were to erupt from the sun's equator.

Fortunate

Earth is fortunate that the CME occurred at a higher solar latitude because it will result in a minimal effect.

"I saw it yesterday [on Monday], we're going to catch the very edge of it. It's coming our way but if we had been 80 million kilometres further up, it would have been bad," Olckers said.

The distance from the Earth to the sun is about 150 million kilometres.

The sun goes through a solar cycle about every 11 years where an increased activity on the surface is observed.

Olckers said that if a CME had to hit the Earth squarely, it would result in devastating consequences.

"Full frontal [hit] that's bad news because it was really energetic."

Internet, satellite and telephone communications could have been disrupted, he added.

Scientists recognise three major categories of solar flares. X-class flares are big and are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts. M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth's polar regions. C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.


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Comments
  • Francois - 2012-01-24 11:39

    Even though I didn't understand half of the article, I'm pretty glad I'm not dying today.

      Hans - 2012-01-24 12:39

      When they say "devastating consequences" they mean internet, phones, satellite etc. will be knocked out. Of course to some people, a day without facebook can be fatal.

      halicon76 - 2012-01-24 12:46

      Space Solar Storms are measured from S1 (minor) to S5 (major). This storm is classed as an S3 and even a full frontal hit on earth would be minor with some communication problems. Radiation exposure is limited to astronauts and passengers in high flying aircraft. In general with news articles like this you are having to deal with a journalist and how well they research their articles. In this case the journalists knows as much about solar weather as i imagine a tribe in the amazon.

      Hans - 2012-01-24 12:54

      In that case Jaco..... Raise Shields!!

      Toohotdurban - 2012-01-24 12:59

      let it come i say...

      rfsibara - 2012-01-24 13:16

      I think it would be a relief if you were spiritually delivered and live by the favour and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ first, the You would not mind this World coming to an End. yOU CAN dO IT! CaUsE, fAITh is the KeY tO oUR pRETENsIOUS FAlsE bEIEF:-)

      Vermie - 2012-01-24 13:29

      @rfsibara LeArN NoT ToO TyPe in a way that doesn't hurt when you try read it. ie. Type like a normal person and then come back and lecture. In your own words: yOU CAN dO IT! And no matter one's faith, nobody really wants to die.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 13:29

      And nobody knew this yesterday before the doom prophets grabbed their keyboards?

      Deon - 2012-01-24 13:33

      You never know, but rather not take a taxi, bike or a criminal on today.

      justine.annamali - 2012-01-24 13:37

      I'll second that...Thank God that nothing major is coming our way

      carlmhead - 2012-01-24 14:01

      @JacoVintage, The reason you're getting so many thumbs down, is because you're making some pretty fanciful claims with absolutely no citation or sources.

      janine.cronje - 2012-01-24 14:28

      "I saw it yesterday [on Monday], we're going to catch the very edge of it. It's coming our way but if we had been 80 million kilometres further up, it would have been bad," Oh my HAT! That was close.......FOOL

      Deon - 2012-01-24 14:29

      My comment got thumbed down on an internet forum....sniff-sniff...my life is over.....wipes-away-tears .... I can't take this anymore!!....splutter-splutter-cough.....somebody please make it stop! Get a freaking life!

      skootzie - 2012-01-24 15:15

      carlmhead : Fanciful claims? ... Obviously you haven't given thought to the prospect of a world that relies entirely on technology to function suddenly devoid of that technology without warning.

      piet.strydom - 2012-01-24 15:23

      @JacoVintage - Because all those things you mentioned only date from the last few decades, and not centuries....

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:33

      Wrong Jaco. ...a few hundred years technology wise...not true... And you know it.

  • LunaNunca.Sunita - 2012-01-24 11:50

    80 Million kilometres... Thank God for that!

      Hendrik - 2012-01-24 13:05

      Yea, close call we had there.

      Peter - 2012-01-24 13:13

      Who is going to fine him for an incorrect weather prediction ??

      RobertKeeling - 2012-01-24 13:26

      @Peter - do solar flare predictions fall under weather predictions?

      Vermie - 2012-01-24 14:12

      @Robert Considering the source for the article's info comes from Kobus Olckers, space weather officer at the Ises Regional Space Weather Warning Centre in Hermanus xD

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-01-24 12:02

    Cool - whatever that means. At least we aren't dying today.

  • Laetitia - 2012-01-24 12:03

    HEHEHEEHE!! Francois i SOOOO agree with you!! omw!!

  • ggpiek - 2012-01-24 12:04

    Did the Maya's not predict something similar?

      Brett - 2012-01-24 12:20

      Solar flares are pretty common...even a big one would cause major disruptions but it's nowhere near a catastrophic event. We're fairly safe from them

      skootzie - 2012-01-24 13:10

      What I find most amusing is how everyone is all "teh world is gonna endz" because of a series of "predictions" by a people that couldn't make toast.

      Adrian - 2012-01-24 13:17

      Actually it wasNostradamus who made the prediction!

      Rob - 2012-01-24 13:28

      I predict that nothing will happen. When I win I expect to be elevated to the same level of awe as Nostradamus and the like. Remember my name.... I was right.

      Vermie - 2012-01-24 13:38

      @Skootzie We now measure a community's IQ level by their toasting capabilities? o.o Crunchie bread? No but they had the technology and know-how to master running water and build highly complex cities and mammoth structures. So not as backwards as you'd think~

      annemathii - 2012-01-24 13:42

      Yes the Mayans did predict that the earth would move into the 5th sun in December this year, but we are already seeing the start of it. They also predicted that the world will not end, but be transformed...as is happening now.

      skootzie - 2012-01-24 14:18

      Vermie : I was emphasizing the fact that the Mayan's were primitive (by our standards). What I meant was that I find it amusing that parts of modern society are willing to believe the warnings of a people that couldn't even explain how the sun rose in the morning. :) This picture explains how I feel about this whole Mayan "End of the World" mumbo: http://cdn.randomfunnypicture.com/wp2/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/truth-about-2012-mayan-calander.gif

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:35

      @ Adrian - you crack me up more and more with your "insights"...

      Hugh - 2012-01-26 10:53

      @ggpiek, the Mayans allegedly predicated the end of the world, this year in fact. Odd how they couldn't predict their own demise. Funny that.

  • Loyiso007 - 2012-01-24 12:29

    So the 21 December 2012, which they say will be the end of planet Earth is near... So, we must leave 2012 to the fullest as the will be no 2013!

      Moss - 2012-01-24 12:52

      I think I should get mooi "blonde Girlfriend" before the end of the world.

      Wouter - 2012-01-24 13:05

      @Moss - I agree about the girlfriend. Wife does not!

      rfsibara - 2012-01-24 13:20

      Supa Exciting, cause, that is my birth date! YePI!!!!

      Carin - 2012-01-24 15:34

      LOL!!!

      LunaNunca.Sunita - 2012-01-24 15:41

      I have tuna can that expires in Apr 2014, that cannot be a mistake... We will have to be around to see that. So I don't care what happens... that tuna can is the only true prediction.

      Hugh - 2012-01-26 10:57

      Only reason the Maya calender ended this year is because they all disappeared. No one was left to write the next 5000 yrs. But hay, dont let me upset your preparations for Armageddon.

  • JayJohnsonS - 2012-01-24 12:31

    eish, Duncan, although i get your point, next time you should try writting in english,i didnt understand a thing. except that we wont be dying today.

  • Martin - 2012-01-24 12:32

    "...if a CME had to hit the Earth squarely, it would result in devastating consequences..." - like loss of cellphone reception & internet for 5 seconds!? That's tragic!

      Gustav - 2012-01-24 13:20

      If you consider that it could knock out pacemakers, life support systems and navigation systems of aircraft in flight for 5 seconds, then yes it could potentially be tragic.

      Hugh - 2012-01-26 10:59

      Actually it is strong enough to knock out satellite circuits completely. You would also get an instant tan.

  • Bruce - 2012-01-24 12:37

    We think God for all the sings of the last days that the Bible talks about

      skootzie - 2012-01-24 12:55

      A minor solar flare hardly constitutes as a "sign of the last days", in addition, this particular flare occurs every 11 years, so, in essence, the Earth has been in it's "last days" 181 times (2000 / 11); I wonder if Someone will get it right eventually...

      robert.koen - 2012-01-24 12:55

      Huh?

      Adrian - 2012-01-24 13:19

      Huh????

      AntiThesis - 2012-01-24 13:34

      huh?

      Lorenzo - 2012-01-24 13:50

      Wow, "God" has no control over whether it rains or shines each day... I highly doubt he has control over solar flares.

      rheinhardt.peens - 2012-01-24 15:21

      skootzie jou wiskunde is uit bra ...aarde is bietjie ouer!!!!

      piet.strydom - 2012-01-24 15:36

      @Skootzie, actually, the flare eruption intensity repeats in cycles of approximately 11 years. There has been many many similar eruptions in the past. The intensity of this particular one was last seen in 2005. What is changing is our increasing reliance on microwave and other high-technology, which can be disrupted by solar flares..

      skootzie - 2012-01-24 16:49

      @Rheinhardt: Just a bit older? :P @Piet: If you want to be pedantic, then yes; that wasn't the focus of my post though, ;)

  • Jennifer - 2012-01-24 12:38

    Excuse my total stupidity but if we had been 80 million km up I think we would all have been fried long ago ...

      skootzie - 2012-01-24 12:57

      I'm not sure if you are being facetious or not ..

      Maverick82 - 2012-01-24 13:33

      Sure thing....we would have then only been 70 million km away from the sun.

      Julia - 2012-01-24 17:40

      Hahahahahahaha. Exactly.

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:38

      where is 'up' in space?

      Hugh - 2012-01-26 11:02

      J-Man, and to think that brain must rot one day? Love it man.

  • RobynAddinall - 2012-01-24 12:39

    JUST missed it - by 80 million kilometers. lol

  • christel.smith.rautenbach - 2012-01-24 12:44

    Is there some precaution that the public must take into consideration for when this happens?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-24 12:51

      Yes, I am going to let one of my stinkers go and I am only 2000km away from you. :))

      Anwar - 2012-01-24 12:51

      run like the wind!!!

      skootzie - 2012-01-24 12:58

      Stay indoors, avoid the sun - etc.

  • Kyle - 2012-01-24 12:49

    you know what I dont get, even though this is well known, and the results are well documented try tell some twit that his 3G isnt working becuase of a solar flare and he'll think your lying.....I swear 90% of people are too damn stupid to own PC's

  • Brand - 2012-01-24 12:49

    So, if I understand this poorly written article correctly, the major consequences of solar flares are telecommunications blackout. The article makes it sound like a near armageddon. Which I suppose is true for all the BBM/Facebook/Twitter addicts.

      Moss - 2012-01-24 13:37

      Hahaha, Nice angle there Brand!!

      Vermie - 2012-01-24 13:50

      Hmmm not just telecommunications but also poweroutages and electronic devices malfunctioning. If the flare's power is large enough it could mean blackouts for days. Anything that doesn't have backup power will be out. And backups only last so long~

      piet.strydom - 2012-01-24 15:39

      Did we read the same article? Not sure where you get the Armageddon bit....

      adriaanallers - 2012-01-25 13:24

      The stone-age are so much more exciting...

  • Moss - 2012-01-24 12:50

    it the begining of 2012 END OF WORLD?

      rfsibara - 2012-01-24 13:24

      nO, iTS THE cOmEbACK!

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-01-24 12:53

    Solar flare to hit SA today. You are cordially invited to the mass shisa nyema. Venue: Anywhere outside. Time: 13:00 - 16:00. All gate crashers and hangers welcome. Dress code: No umbrellas. Strictly red speedos and no sunscreen. B.Y.O.B. Mofaya! Feel it, it is here

      Carin - 2012-01-24 15:40

      You made my day LOL!!

  • richard.barnard2 - 2012-01-24 13:00

    Can i claim from Blackberry if my service goes down because of this? LOL

  • Stuka - 2012-01-24 13:00

    I read coronal mass ejaculation...damn gutter brain of mine.

      LunaNunca.Sunita - 2012-01-24 15:37

      First three times yes. And the rest of the article isn't well structured as well.

      piet.strydom - 2012-01-24 15:40

      Shame, poor girl.... (Or is earth the girl?)

  • werner.smidt - 2012-01-24 13:01

    Enough with the delays, bring on the pew-pew!

  • Francois - 2012-01-24 13:03

    Ice-Cream, anyone?

  • Reshaad - 2012-01-24 13:04

    Yes Christel, buy 1 000 000 spf sunblock......

  • aruan999 - 2012-01-24 13:06

    Solar flares with earth damage will happen during 2012! and forget about the smoking what...watch and see!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 13:35

      Nobody will listen to you if you can't even string a coherent sentence together billy bob old boy, best you get back to building that bunker of yours.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 13:55

      I tell you what old timer, there's a good chance I'll be around loooong after you've bitten the dust!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:07

      Aarvarkietjie, I'll arrange with Prince Ishkur-JHWH that u be eaten for breakfast by them, when they arrive later this year, but not yr audacity...that I shall have!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:20

      Tell him to bring his own sauce because I would probably leave a bad taste in his mouth! Oh, and when nothing happens and you're in a straight-jacket being force-fed your meds, the memory of this conversation will also leave a bad taste in your mouth. I'll have a double Jack Daniels on the rocks, just for you this New Years eve old dog!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:24

      let us arrange a meeting for then, Varkie, as long as it is before 1/1/13, bec U WILL NOT SEE New Yaer 2013!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:30

      I'm more than willing to bet you'll be in a mental institution while I celebrate New Years day 2013 completely in tact. Sure, name the day and time, but you can pay for the bottle of JD I will enjoy - almost as much as I'll enjoy your squirming with embarrassment - deal?

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:35

      varkie, let do the mental teat next Monday. U still owe me yr address, so that I can collect the costs from u; then I shall arrange the test date. I do not drink, so that I shall have to pass by. We cannot meet after 1 Jan 2013, for U WILL BE GONE!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:51

      I will be here 2013 and long after... laughing at you.

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:01

      so u are a faithful ostrich all the time. Yre faith will be of no avail!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 15:09

      ... as a prophet of doom, you really suck at it. I've been more scared by a 12 year old holding bugs.

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:14

      @Aardvarkie: Nincompoop, U WILL BE TAKEN OUT!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 15:19

      "Taken out"? Really? Will you buy me flowers too? :-) I know a nice little restaurant, they do great steaks...

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:51

      Varkie/Piggy, pork will be aeten by the birds and yr fellow hienas

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 16:22

      Here I am, fruitcake! Come get me! http://shots.ikbis.com/image/15943/large/Extreme_Muscle_Man.jpg

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 17:24

      Wrong, fool! Hahaha! You are such an idiot! See my reply on your last comment right at the end, I even give you a clue. You seriously need some psychological evaluations, and maybe a course on how to use the internet.

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:41

      aruan99 - go spill your bs cr@p somewhere else please. And loosen that tinfoil hat...its too tight.

  • Mouldy - 2012-01-24 13:07

    "Eish, the powa she's out because the rocket came from the sun and hit into the powa station and the generator exploded!"

  • Anin - 2012-01-24 13:08

    Lol, so I suppose this truly is our last year as being alive . . .

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 13:17

      some people will go under & be reborn in a couple of minutes. No one suggested that all earth-humans will die at one.

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:51

      aruan 99 ..."earth-humans will die at one".... you are a tool of note.

  • aruan999 - 2012-01-24 13:12

    @Loyise: the 21:12:12 prediction refers to the birth of a New Human Consciousness. Physical happenings in 3-D will be experienced before the birth and will bring damage. Unfortunately this is the way the cookie crumbles. Turnover events will happen, both physical and spiritual, as well as that the possession of our minds by the God and gods will come to a fall during 2012. Solar flares and power struggles there will be, as will there be storm damage, etc.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 13:37

      There you go kids - the direct effects of LSD, right here on News24.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 13:46

      No I haven't, but your mumbo-jumbo is akin to the sort of ramblings either someone high as a kite or completely mental would spew forth. I suggest you increase your medication for your paranoid schizophrenia.

      Kyle - 2012-01-24 13:59

      Solar falres hit the years every years, we are entering a time where a high number of solar flares hit the earth, it's part of a natural cycle that happens every 11 years... IE it's nothing new and nothing special...the only difference now is we are far more relient on sattelite and internet than before andwe are getting more information about the solar fares than before.... all the other rubish about the world ending is bull that idiots come up with everytime they hear about a solar flare...... small minded easliy fooled idiots

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:00

      I would suggest you get tested for paranoid schizophrenia. I'm being serious. You're just another idiot who has read too many ridiculous "end of days" conspiracy junk, and just like all the other morons spewing out these unfounded and non scientific bull you will vanish into obscurity, horribly embarrassed when 2013 everyone is celebrating the new year because nothing happened. Idiots like you are a dime a dozen.

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:12

      Aardvark: why not do unto others as u wish them to do to u? U and I go for a test, together. U pay, u insulting sufferer of the exuberance of a dumb verbosity. Then we kno. Give my yr address and I shall arrange for yr payment and the test.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:34

      I'm not the one spewing out the Biblical boohoo doom saying rubbish old bean, I really urge you to go get tested, you can thank me later - so will society. Not a chance am I giving a freakazoid like you my address - if you're so clever and talking to the Annunaki from Nibiru or whatever, get them to give my address to you.

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:52

      so, Varkie, u are just playing big here. U are hiding behind abuse of internet. U want me to test, but u not. Are u mad?

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:53

      I'm wasting your time? Really? I think you're just running out of anything coherent or intelligent to say. I think you know very well you can't find me or my address, because you're just a sad old man with a medical condition looking for attention.

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:04

      2012 with the changeover is here, Big Mouth Varkie, and u kno nothing about it. U only judge on old world values thinking u know all. That is why u are of no value to the New Earth-human and will be taken out. Check yr life insurance and bye-bye Baby!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 15:14

      What ever, freak! Get those Annunaki space buddies of yours to pay me a visit, we'll see who's laughing! How am I abusing the internet - I'm not the one trying to gather a little retarded flock of followers through some washed up, has-been doom sayers wet dream! A;; I'm doing is telling you to get medical advice, because your head is not right, and perhaps having a good laugh at you.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 16:09

      Space people have a penchant for balls? Well they'll love mine. They're BIG! Come find me fruit loop! Let's see how clever space people are!

      Mark - 2012-01-24 20:01

      @aardvarkie: dude, you'd better desist. don't you know that aruan999 is in direct contact with jesus? (must be true - check his websites http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.new-earth.co.za%2Findex.html&h=JAQHtSP5Y http://www.nuwe-aarde.co.za/index.html ) i'm just surprised jesus hasn't told him your address yet!

      rosiegracebrooks - 2012-01-24 21:25

      So Aruan999, does God know that you're listening to predictions from ancient civilisations? Isn't that against your creed? Man, you in for some trouble when you die of old age in like 2050.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 22:39

      Sorry Mark - I was having too much fun - I've never actually met a real, live crazy before.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 22:40

      On another note, he should rename his website to www.nuwe-aardevarkie.co.za in honour of me :-)

  • Reagan - 2012-01-24 13:15

    *at sun* come at me bro!

  • Reagan - 2012-01-24 13:16

    This is how Chuck Norris prepares 2 Minute Noodles.

  • mail.gareth.morgan - 2012-01-24 13:22

    If I get another BBM broadcast message warning me about this I'm gonna scream ! Chill people

  • Eugene - 2012-01-24 13:25

    hey aruan999...what planet are u from?

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:36

      the CEntral Sun, Alcyone

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:48

      Aruan - so you're from space but you can't spell or type properly? You can't use your mega space powers to find my address? Are all idiots from Alcyone or just you? Us earth-people call it paranoid schizophrenia. No I'm not going to go with you, no I'm not going to meet a freak like you, but I suggest you talk to someone sane about it.

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:52

      hahaha aardvarkie 1 : -99 aruan99

      AntiThesis - 2012-01-26 06:52

      Maybe all the idiots were ejected from Alcyone and sent here - that might explain all the idiots on earth.

  • Marlin Eric Gerber - 2012-01-24 13:30

    To my fellow South Africans, make sure you get as many loans & finish all your credit, make arrangements to pay in 2013, you do not have enough money to go on the big boats like you've seen in the movie 2012, the end is nigh

      Marlin Eric Gerber - 2012-01-24 13:54

      @aruan999 how do you like your ice-cream?

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:00

      Marlin, with KNOWLEGEABLE SPIRITISM.

      Marlin Eric Gerber - 2012-01-24 14:03

      Sorry, don't have that flavour :(

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:06

      Marlin - funniest comments ever, they should give you some sort of award! :-)

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:19

      OK, Marlin, no squabs. Have u read up on the happenings of 2012? Go to www.spiritlibrary.com

      Marlin Eric Gerber - 2012-01-24 14:37

      @aardvarkle thanks @aruan999 I've got a meeting to attend, have a great tan bud.

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:55

      after the meeting go to new-earth.co.za/index.html

      Mark - 2012-01-24 20:05

      good grief! the world has suddenly become a scarier place - i didn't realise how many of these head-jobs there are out there... give me a solar flare any day - at least it makes sense...

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 22:41

      I know Mark - and they have computers! Ye Gods....

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:55

      @ aruan99.. you actually advertise that...um...'thing' you call a website? Looks like a 5 year old blind kid "designed" it. Really REALLY bad. And the stuff on there...... *facepalm.

  • Kumeshen - 2012-01-24 13:35

    Who has watched the movie 2012???

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:59

      why?

  • Mogamat - 2012-01-24 13:43

    Right now the US government is building a ship and only the richest people are going to be able to get onto it. The radiation is hitting the earths core and as Im typing this, the earths core is heating up. I have tickets at $1 000 000 000 per ticket, first come first serve.

  • Mogamat - 2012-01-24 13:43

    Right now the US government is building a ship and only the richest people are going to be able to get onto it. The radiation is hitting the earths core and as Im typing this, the earths core is heating up. I have tickets at $1 000 000 000 per ticket, first come first serve.

  • Mogamat - 2012-01-24 13:46

    As we speak, the US goverment is building a ship what will save the richest people on earth. Right at this moment, the earths core is heating up and withing 3-4 months, the tectonic plates will start to melt. Then its overs skidovers for everyone. A friend of mine can organize tickets if anyone wants...

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 13:50

      Can I bring my cats and my Jack Daniels collection? How long is this going to take, I'll need to work out how many crates of JD I need to bring with.

      Heiku - 2012-01-24 16:01

      aardvarkie you need to drink better whiskey i mean the end is near and you're drinking that crap. Its not right man

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 16:11

      Sorry dude, the American government zapped my brain with a new redneck mind-beam they stole from aruan999's inter-dimensional space ship - so now, Scotch Whiskey tastes like cat pee to me :-(

  • ronelf - 2012-01-24 13:46

    Say what??!! At least we gonna be ok!!! (",)

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 13:46

    Perhaps the Mayans weren't far off after all!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:25

      bullseye!

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 15:10

      no no, wait for it,........ bullsH*t

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:57

      Steph, step over the ostrich!

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 14:56

      Have you people SERIOUSLY never heard of a Solar flare before???? Things that happen every day (even if not so prominent as this one)??? and have been for ever?? Really????

  • Richard - 2012-01-24 13:49

    Hey and I had my suntan lotion ready by the pool.

  • Kathryn - 2012-01-24 13:58

    OMG it's like the movie 'Knowing'...

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:02

      the time and rule of God and gods will this year be over. I will be so glad, for then we get rid of this American "OMG"!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:57

      and America...BABILON!!! her smoke of burning will be seen by all of the World! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 15:20

      HEY! aruan, you're an idiot...sit down!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:45

      Stephan, pure nerdy judgmentalism.

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 15:54

      HEY ! I said sit down

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 16:13

      Stephan sometimes you just can't teach old dogs new tricks ;-)

  • dave.ogier - 2012-01-24 13:59

    so which class was this one then? X, M or C?

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:08

      M Class, S3

  • Greg - 2012-01-24 14:01

    Chem Trails, Haarp, Maya Calendar, Solar Flares. What next?????? lol

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 15:01

      you missed malema

  • kei.heyns - 2012-01-24 14:03

    The hype of 2012's impending doom/shift is now on the upstart. Prepare yourselves for similar inflamed stories for the next 12 months. Doom sayers are having a field year.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:09

      Maybe the government can fine the doomsayers for false reporting ;-)

      kei.heyns - 2012-01-24 14:18

      Pointless really, they would disregard the fines like traffic fines, considering the world is coming to an end!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 14:22

      Aah good point Mister Heyns.

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 15:04

      especialy that aruan999 dude, he is a freeeeeaaaak

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 15:16

      Stephan - completely insane, I'm surprised there are enough working cells in his head to string a sentence together!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:43

      ignore PiggyBoy, he is on his way out and smirking!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 15:47

      By the looks of things I'd say I have a lot more life in me old dog! Healthy and fit young guy versus mentally unstable old fogie? I win!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:59

      yre gone, Dumb PiggyBoy, u are being prepared as an example. Here!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 16:15

      Yay Aruan! I can't wait for.... oh, nothing! Oh well. I wonder what Annunaki taste like? I have a lekker Jack Daniels sauce.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 17:51

      Guess again crazy old timer! Your sleuthing skills are seriously lacking. For someone who talks to people from space you're not very bright, now are you?

  • Darren - 2012-01-24 14:11

    So who wants the Sun in there pocket today. Quickly run out side when the time is right.!!!!!!!LMAO!!!!!!!

  • wikus.vanzyl - 2012-01-24 14:12

    The solar storm of 1859, also known as the Solar Superstorm, or the Carrington Event, was the most powerful solar storm in recorded history. We are all still around and kicking. This event is much smaller than 1858 so there is really nothing to worry about. Hollywood is making their money off peoples fears. Read all about it. :-b http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

      Vermie - 2012-01-24 14:22

      The world of 1859 was not so dependent on electronic devices as we are today. And with that I don't mean ps3's, internet and dvd watching. More on the lines of Hospitals, Banks, Security systems.

      wikus.vanzyl - 2012-01-24 14:57

      A record solar storm was reported in October 29, 2003 as well. Did we survive? Yes. Solar storms are as common as tornados and hurricanes, and none of them threaten to wipe out the human race or end the world as we know it.

  • Anthea-Ann Rucastle - 2012-01-24 14:13

    This is scary stuff!!?

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 14:29

      Sure is, A. We will get through these crossover times, but scolding and fighting each other over it will bring us nowhere. Sometimes I think earth-humans deserve only the worst...but then I plead... And playing ostrich will NOT let is pass!

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 15:06

      WTF aruan? I mean realy, what are you smoking? >>> Zultan

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:46

      showing YR utter ignorance Stephan!

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 16:00

      wait a minute, I've heard that line befo... oh yes! it was your CEntral Sun-Alcyonien sister when I wanted to invite her mother over. To be exact, put 4 fingers in your mouth and repeat : "Stephan your utterly ignorance is a turn on"

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 16:00

      bwaahaha :)

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 16:05

      And with Zultan I mean Zultan as in Dude Where's my car, think about it

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 16:17

      Stephan, this guy is so much fun! I can just see him with high blood pressure after today :-)

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 17:21

      U GUNTHER are Stephan and Aardvarkie!

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 17:53

      Stephan AND me? Wow. Clap. Clap. You just proved that your computer should be confiscated, idiot! Learn how to use the internet properly!

  • rupert.roos - 2012-01-24 14:15

    I think it is a badly written article but the comments made me laugh!!

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 16:01

      4 sure!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 17:21

      so says Gunther Jurgens (Kotze!

  • Cameronl - 2012-01-24 14:23

    rfsibara you are a moron to believe that c.rap Go pray somehere quietly so the big ppl can talk, while you are there, learn how to type correctly.... idiot!

      aruan999 - 2012-01-24 15:47

      C is too uncouth!

  • Joan Samantha Coetzee - 2012-01-24 14:26

    shoo we will be stay inside today between 14:00 And 15:00 today

  • Jason Raymond Hayes - 2012-01-24 14:35

    Come on Angels blow your horns.

  • John - 2012-01-24 14:53

    Another Y2K scare.....

      Stephan - 2012-01-24 15:08

      not according to aruan999 and his troops from freakin pluto haha go up and read rhe comments, hehe-flippen-larios

  • TashyCara - 2012-01-24 15:06

    I dont really understand anything, all the words that make sense to me is that Earth is Fortunate so im happy with that!!