(National Monitor) The sun recently blasted off a gigantic solar flare after days of broiling storms on its surface.

The solar flare was declared an X1.8-class event, which is one of the most powerful flares that the sun is capable of. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the event on camera. It caused strong radio blackouts here on Earth, particularly in Australia, when it struck Friday at 7:28 p.m., according to Christian Science Monitor.

“A Nation Forsaken” reveals how an electromagnetic pulse attack on critical infrastructures, either from an impending solar storm or from a high-altitude nuclear explosion, could have long-term catastrophic consequences for America’s way of life.

The solar flare erupted from Active Region 2242 on the sun, a sunspot region where more storms are expected that could lead to a Christmas Northern Lights show for some people on Earth these coming days.

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