February 2011 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in Science and Disasters news for the month of February 2011.

  • Sun Erupts With Most Powerful Solar Flare in Four Years (Feb. 14): An X-class solar flare, the most powerful form of solar flare, erupts and jams radio communications in China. Such a solar blast has the potential to disrupt electrical power grids and satellites used on Earth.

  • Northern Lights Enhanced by Solar Flare (Feb. 17): The Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the northern lights, are more prominent due to the recent solar flare eruption. Thanks to the solar flare, the Aurora Borealis are visible farther south, even into the northern tier of the United States.

  • Earthquake Strikes New Zealand's Second Largest City (Feb. 22): A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 75 people. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake is part of an aftershock sequence from a 7.1 earthquake that hit the same area last Sept.

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