SOLAR SHOCKWAVE from The Sun Impacts Earth creates Very Deep M8.2 Earthquake hits Fiji region, two M6+ aftershocks
A solar shockwave impacted Earth at 04:25;38 UT on 08/19/18 triggering a Mega Quake that was over 560km deep.  The shockwave came from a series of large coronal holes that were Earth-facing for the last several days.

As the shockwave sped toward Earth at over 1 million MPH+ it picked up more speed with a burst of 1,829,814 MPH

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M8.2 hit Fiji region at 00:19 UTC (12:19 local time) on August 19, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 563.4 km (350 miles). EMSC is reporting M8.2 at a depth of 558 km (346 miles). This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability. According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 272.5 km (169.3 miles) E of Levuka (population 8 360), 330.6 km (205.4 miles) SE of Labasa (population 27 949), and 364.8 km (226.7 miles) E of…



Will Comet PanSTARRS (C/2016 R2) ever relax? For the 3rd month in a row, the hyperactive comet is putting on a show for amateur astronomers now monitoring its progress through the constellation Taurus. "My latest images from Jan. 14th show multiple knots of gas traveling down the comet's twisted tail," reports Michael Jäger of St. Oswald, Austria. "In this 2-hour animation, note how one knot near the comet's core disappears."

This kind of activity is nothing new for observers of Comet PanSTARRS. The reason may be summed up in two words: carbon monoxide (CO). The comet is unusually rich in frozen CO, a substance which vaporizes explosively when exposed to even the slightest amount of warming sunlight. The abundance of CO in Comet PanSTARRS is responsible not only for its hyperactivity but also for its beautiful blue color. Ionized carbon monoxide (CO+) fluoresces with an azure glow in the near vacuum of interplanetary space.


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