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April 22, 2015

S is for Solar Flare and Sinkhole


My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.

Today’s disaster are...
SOLAR FLARE and SINKHOLE

Solar Flares are sudden flashes of brightness on the Sun’s surface or the Solar Limb, and are powered by the magnetic energy store in the Sun’s corona. The energy release is about a sixth of the Sun’s total energy output each second. In other terms, it’s equivalent to 160,000,000,000 megatons of TNT.

The flare ejects a cloud of electrons, ions, and atoms through the corona of the sun into space. These clouds typically reach Earth 1-2 days after the solar flare. X-Rays and UV radiation emitted by the flares can affect Earth’s ionosphere and disrupt radio communications.

FACT: The first solar flare was observed by Richard Christopher Carrington (and independently by Richard Hodgson) in 1859.

Small solar flares can occur several times a day when the Sun is active to once a week when it’s quiet. In 2012, Earth barely missed a massive and potentially damaging solar superstorm.

FACT: There is an estimated 12% chance of another massive solar superstorm occurring between now and 2022.

Have you seen the movie Knowing with Nicolas Cage? It's an odd movie and at the end *SPOILER* the Earth is destroyed by a solar flare. 

Sinkholes are holes in the ground caused by a collapse of the surface layer, such as from an earthquake. They can be anywhere from 1 to 600 meters long as well as deep. They can form gradually or suddenly all over the world. In the United States, Florida (especially the most central part) is known for having frequent sinkhole collapses.

Sinkholes can open up under houses and roads, swallowing cars and even burying people alive. A few years ago, I heard a report of a sinkhole opening beneath a house in Florida, right under a bedroom. At the time, a man was sleeping in bed and was lost.

FACT: For centuries, sinkholes have been used as disposal sites for waste.



QUESTION: Have you seen Knowing? Do you live in Florida? I do...and I'm in the central part. *gulps* Have you ever seen a sinkhole? I haven't and hope I never do!


P: Plague
Q: Quasar Explosion
R: Rockfall
S: Solar Flare and Sinkhole



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126 comments:

Blogoratti said...

What wonderful facts, amazing stuff!

Wendy said...

Looking at your list, I see many things to be afraid of. I used to think hurricanes and tornadoes were the worst, but at least you usually have enough warning to seek safety. A landslide and sinkhole are so unpredictable. Terrifying!
~Visiting from AtoZ

Unknown said...

Could you imagine the terror of that--having your bedroom literally sink into the ground? I can't think of anything worse than being buried alive.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some sinkholes are massive. Scary thing to think the earth could just fall out from under you.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats on your release day!

I didn't realise solar flares were harmful. When I think of a sinkhole, I think of the one in the Simpsons movie but the reality is more like a horror movie. Very eye opening post today!

Unknown said...

I didn't know much about these two...soooo scary.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Congrats on the new short story! :)
I am trying to imagine what it would be like to get caught in a solar superstorm. It is kind of a scary idea...

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
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Tamara Narayan said...

Solar storms sound frightening. I almost afraid to ask what would happen if they do hit earth.

I did some research on sinkholes for a short story and I remember that awful news piece you mention pretty well.

Congrats on your story release! Sounds like a good one.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

There are a lot of disasters that can happen. Many of them without any warning.

Chrys Fey said...

I've often woken up from a deep sleep because I felt my bed falling or spinning. It is scary.

Chrys Fey said...

It is a frightening thought.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Nick!

A solar flare could be if it's big enough. Have you ever seen the movie "Knowing" with Nicolas Cage? A solar flare destroys Earth.

Chrys Fey said...

They are scary, but interesting to learn about.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much!!!!

I don't even want to imagine it.

Chrys Fey said...

Have you seen the movie Knowing? The results aren't good.

Thank you so much, Tamara!

betty said...

I haven't seen the Knowing; sounds interesting though. Sink holes kind of scare me. Glad I don't live in Florida :)

betty

Chrys Fey said...

Sinkholes scare me too. And I wrote about one!

Jeffrey Scott said...

Yes, write about any space related disaster. Love them.
As for sink holes, though I've never experienced one, my nephew was friends with someone whose car was lost in a sink-hole. His friend died and it was very sad. I was barely even aware of sink holes at the time. Now, they intrigue me as much as solar flares. Such a weird thing to occur. Stay safe my friend.

Chrys Fey said...

I have one more that sort of has to do with space. Will...maybe two if you count a later one. ;)

That's horrible! I am so sorry for your nephew and his friend.

Thanks! You too.

Donna Smith said...

Sinkholes and solar flares are intriguing! The thought of a sinkhole is kind of (well, not really kind of - it really is) scary. The closest I've come to something like it was seeing a cliff eroded away and houses hanging over or toppling into the sea a few years back here in Maine. That was impressive and scary!

Chrys Fey said...

Sounds like rockfall that I talked about for R.

sage said...

When I lived in Virginia City, NV, there was a sinkhole about a half mile down the street from me. It wasn't actually a sinkhole (which is a geological change, generally involving limestone and decreasing water tables) but a mine cave in that opened up the road and caused a detour for a while... Stay on solid ground down there in Florida

Chrys Fey said...

I'll try my best to stay on solid ground...the thing is, you never know if it's really solid or not.

Jennifer Hawes said...

I am truly amazed at God's creation. The sun is so unique and full of surprises! Did you ever see the video of the sink hole (not sure where?) in the middle of that ridiculously expensive car dealership? It swallowed so many cool cars.

Anonymous said...

I HAVE seen Knowing. Truly the eeriest scene was when they figured out what 33/EE meant.

Sinkholes are pretty scary to me.

Chrys Fey said...

No, I never saw that. It seems that sinkholes love to devour cars.

jaybird said...

Can't even entertain the thought of either of these- I wouldn't ever come out of my house!@!!

Chrys Fey said...

That whole movie is pretty eerie. Or at least to me. :P

Chrys Fey said...

I wouldn't either. haha

S. L. Hennessy said...

I actually think both these phenomena are really cool. Can be scary too, but cool nonetheless.

Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

cleemckenzie said...

I'll have to see Knowing just to add another thing to worry about.

Unknown said...

Congrats on your new book Chrys.

Solar flare, well sounds like something out in space and far from earth. Sincerely hope it stays that way.

Sinkholes, Woah! Now that's terrifying.

SpacerGuy said...

Sinkholes freak me out. It is unnerving to think sinkholes can swallow us up whole. I can't help but wonder why is the earth collapsing beneath our feet. Its very scary.

D.G. Hudson said...

I've seen smaller sinkholes in our city (we're on the San Andreas fault area in British Columbia). That's sometimes due to rain undermining roadways beneath the surface. We get mudslides too from unstable mountain areas. You knew that some areas of Paris have experienced sinkholes and collapse into the Catacombs below didn't you? Whole sets of houses would get swallowed even back a few hundred years or so, after they had mined beneath the city. They coped by shoring up the catacomb areas beneath and monitor them now.

D.G. Hudson said...

Congrats on your new release, sounds interesting!

Jeffrey Scott said...

PS - Sometimes "S" stands for spoof. (My blog entry for the day).

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I remember seeing the one with the guy in his bed on TV. That was heart breaking and scary. I never saw the Cage movie...I think I will pass. :)

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Ghost of Death sounds awesome.

Um sinkholes scare me at the mention of its name.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

There's a lot of limestone in PA so we have sinkholes though not the huge ones like Florida. They cause road damage and some houses and water main breaks, it's a mess.

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations said...

I posted a tweet about your book being out today.

I saw a picture of a sinkhole that happen on (under?) a causeway. The river continued to flow and you saw the vehicle come out one of the sides. Scary!

Sarah Foster said...

I've never seen a sinkhole. They sound scary!

Lisa said...

As you know, because of where I live, we have to be ever watchful for sink holes! The lake I live on was one before it formed into a lake! Going to check out that ghost! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

Birgit said...

Sink holes are scary and I remember that man being killed while sleeping. I have seen that movie-depressing. Congrats to the new short story being out!!

Lisa said...

Got it! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

nashvillecats2 said...

This is amazing to read, thank you for all the homework you must put in to bring us wonderful posts each day.
Yvonne.

Carrie-Anne said...

Sinkholes sound really scary. I can imagine my ex, who's already terrified of life and remote worst-case scenarios, becoming even more paranoid and OCD if he knew about sinkholes or suspected they were in his area.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I haven't seen a sinkhole, but that's really terrifying...the idea that one could open underneath your house at any time. Spooky!

Figures humans respond by filling them with garbage. :/

Lisa Thomson said...

You're blowing my mind, Chrys!! :) I remember hearing about the sink hole in Florida where the man died. I can't think of a worse death. In fact as a child, I had a recurring nightmare that i fell into large holes in the earth. I didn't know what a sink hole was but now that I see that image, it's kind of similar. CREEPY! I haven't seen the movie you refer to. Solar flares are fascinating and scary!

Sharon Himsl said...

Gulp, hope I never deal with a sink hole or a solar flare on earth. Good luck with the book....I added it to my books to read, and short sounds good right now!
Inventions by Women A-Z
Shells–Tales–Sails

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully no sink hole never opens up near me. At least solar flares can send us back in time, right? lol

Sherry Ellis said...

Sink holes are scary. I've never seen one in person, but I've seen many pictures of them. I'd hate to be near one when it sinks!

diedre Knight said...

Solar flares are fascinating! Not so much when they threaten earth...Had a couple minor sinkholes here; typically from underground water breaks, etc. But in cases of building/paving over burial sites and former dumps, it seems bound to happen sooner or later - never a good thing.
Congratulations on Ghost of Death! :-)

Mary Kirkland said...

I did see Knowing and I agree, it was a weird movie.

Sophie Duncan said...

I have not seen Knowing, but that ending sounds like one of the weirder Nicholas Cage movies :) I've only seen a little sink hole, it opened up in our garden and it was only a foot or so across and a few deep - it was due to the fact that where our house was had once been a slope and the whole place had been landscaped, but in that one place, the earth decided not to stay.
Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
FB3X
Wittegen Press

Nilanjana Bose said...

I remember that sinkhole where a man died. It completely freaked me out, utterly terrifying.

Congrats on the new book, wish you much success.

Nilanjana

Annalisa Crawford said...

I haven't seen Knowing, but the ending sounds right up my street :-)

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations on your new book. A gorgeous cover.
I haven't seen a solar flare or a sink hole. I have seen pictures of sink holes on TV though. Wouldn't want to be in either.

Chrys Fey said...

They are pretty cool.

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! You're too funny.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Keren!

Those solar flares can get pretty close to Earth though.

Chrys Fey said...

It is curious, isn't it.

Chrys Fey said...

I didn't know Paris had experienced sinkholes and collapsed into the Catacombs. Wow!

Thank you so much, D.G.!

Chrys Fey said...

I would've have passed watching that movie too if I knew what it was really about.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, T. Powell!

Chrys Fey said...

I bet it is a mess.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, LuAnn!!!! I appreciate the tweet. :)

That does sound scary.

Chrys Fey said...

I agree.

Chrys Fey said...

It turned into a lake? That's neat!

Chrys Fey said...

That movie is depressing. I don't like watching it.

Thank you, Birgit! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Yay!!!!! :D Thank you!!!!

Chrys Fey said...

It sure was a lot of homework. But I enjoyed it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Gosh, could you imagine him reading my posts for those Challenge? Tee-hee. That's a funny image. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

It's the "at any time" thing that gets me.

We're not smart, are we?

Chrys Fey said...

Woot! Woot! ;)

I wrote about a sinkhole and the whole time I had a sinking feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. Not fun.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Sharon! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

But I'm not sure I want to go back in time. lol

Chrys Fey said...

So would I. I get shivers just thinking about it.

Chrys Fey said...

We're so stupid for building over burial sites.

Thank you, Diedre! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

It certainly is one of the weirder ones he's done.

That's interesting. At least it was small and not so deep.

Chrys Fey said...

Freaked me out too.

Thank you so much, Nilanjana!

Chrys Fey said...

I think you'd like it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Beverly! :D

The pictures can be really terrifying.

Jay Noel said...

Sinkholes are terrifying. They freak me out. Especially the ones where it's in the middle of a busy street.

Solar flares have made the news the last few years, especially when they mess with our satellites and communications. A big enough solar flare will pretty much extinguish all life on this planet. A sobering thought.

Anonymous said...

Between this and Holli's post on serial killers, I think the world maybe really is a scary place! Oh my!
I liked that movie, Knowing, mainly because (if I remember it right?) everyone had the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones. Maybe that's the good point in knowing things like that?
Still...shudder!

Chrys Fey said...

I have heard about a lot of solar flares in the past years. Seems like they are getting bigger and closer.

Chrys Fey said...

The world is a scary place. But it can be beautiful too. :)

J E Oneil said...

I'd be more worried about sinkholes than solar flares. They seem to show up a lot more often!

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I have only seen a sinkhole once and it was fairly small. It was just outside the fence at work and was knee high in depth and about 3 feet in diameter. We had it filled in and haven't seen one since.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Anonymous said...

Last year, after winter, there was a little sink hole by the Kmart parking lot. It wasn't something you wanted to drive over because it was a few feet deep and wide, but compared to your pictures, it was small.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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Sunni said...

No, I haven't seen the movie and I don't live in FL. I have friends on the coast. That state is on my list to possibly move to, if I sell my house.

I think when they build houses and don't compact the soil properly that a sink hole can happen too. Or if they bring in lot of fill dirt and the area isn't stable and eventually gives way. I live in the desert so we rarely have anything like that here, too many rocks everywhere I guess. But a small area of the street did collapse one time and they had it blocked off until they could fix it. It was nothing major though and probably only about 2-3 feet deep.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Melissa Sugar said...

I've heard of sink holes but never experienced them personally, thank god.

Chrys Fey said...

Sinkholes are a more immediate danger.

Chrys Fey said...

That's good!

Chrys Fey said...

Seems that small sinkholes are pretty common.

Chrys Fey said...

Your theory could be correct, Sunni.

Chrys Fey said...

That's a good thing.

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm just fascinated by sinkholes. Especially when they just happen. The Earth opening and sucking people and things up? Now that's scary.

Shell Flower said...

My boyfriend pays serious attention to the sun's activity on Space Weather. I wrote a novel based on the Carrington Solar Event and am fascinated by the Sun's power ever day. As for sinkholes, I've never seen one, but the book The Lovely Bones really plays on that idea. Creepy. It's a great book, though.

Liz A. said...

I think I saw Knowing. I'm not sure, though. Seems like something that was forgettable, so I did.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I've never seen a sinkhole and they do scare me. A collapse in the surface layer? I wonder what causes this phenomena--why it would happen to begin with?

I like the sound of Ghost of Death! Thanks for sharing. :)

Elizabeth Mueller
AtoZ 2015
My Little Pony

Rachel Pattinson said...

I've seen Knowing, and I really didn't enjoy it, it was a weird film! Sinkhole really creep me out - I hope I never see one!

Rachel Pattinson
Rachel's Ramblings - Full of writing, tea and cake

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

I've seen a bit of Knowing, but did not make it very far through. We had a sink hole open in one of our motorways not far from here when we had all the rain last year.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)
P.S. your book sounds right up my alley - trots off the Amazon.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

the fear of being caught in either one of these gives me the gebbies.

Chrys Fey said...

Not a good way to go, that's for sure.

Chrys Fey said...

Your novel doesn't interesting.

Really? I have The Lovely Bones but never read it.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm not sure how someone could forget watching those crazy weird scenes.

Chrys Fey said...

I don't know. Earthquakes move rocks and plates...maybe things shift or get weak. It's a mystery.

Thank you, Elizabeth! :)

Chrys Fey said...

I didn't enjoy it either.

Chrys Fey said...

Knowing is a strange movie.

Thank you so much, Natasha! I hope you enjoy it! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Me too!

Yanting Gueh said...

I have seen sinkholes featured on the news (and on an episode of Grey's Anatomy, I think). It's terrifying.

Congratulations on the release of Ghost of Death, Chrys! The synopsis sounds good, really good.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys .. I was fascinated by the solar flare information - it's so good to know more .. while sinkholes horrify me .. and they do just appear -we get them here too .. cheers HIlary

Chrys Fey said...

Oh, yes! I remember that Grey's Anatomy episode. It was really good.

Thank you so much, Claudine! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I love learning about space and the other planets in our solar system. :)

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats on the short story!

I'm quite scared of sinkholes. We have some in our area (Virginia), and I do worry one day one might open up on our land.

Unknown said...

Wow ! I didn't know about these before. :) It's shocking to see how every part of the world has new disasters to face. Thanks for sharing.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Cherie!

Chrys Fey said...

There are more disasters than we usually care to think about.

Lidy said...

I just watched the movie "The Knowing" starring Nicholas Cage last weekend. And after knowing we just missed one in 2012 makes me sigh in relief. Hope we keep on missing those solar flare storms.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope we keep missing them too!

Jo said...

Those solar flares are pretty frightening. I didn't know about the one in 2012 or if I did, I had forgotten, conveniently.

I hope you never get to see a sinkhole either. We see them reported on the news.

Book sounds good

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Jo!

Anonymous said...

Lovely Bones was also made into a good movie by Peter LOTR Jackson and the sinkhole is central. I have been researching solar flares for a set of shorts set after a Carrington event, in which Earth's infrastructure is devastated but there are survivors - a more likely scenario than instant destruction. What's your book called, Shell? Will try and find it.

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, but I haven't seen the movie either. :\