January 12, 2011 – There is massive tearing on the solar surface in the latest pictures of the solar corona transmitted by SOHO. May we be the first to say that what we’re looking at is altogether strange and a little bizarre. A larger resolution picture is not currently available on the Space Weather website. No need to formulate any theories…we’re just saying in all our years of pouring over coronal holes- this latest snapshot of the Sun is the oddest. The magnetosphere underwent a dramatic twist last night in the onslaught of a high density solar wind stream but that’s not what caught our attention. Instead, it is the pattern of another plate obstruction involving the Australian and Pacific plates.
We see a heavy tremor followed by a large shaking which registered on most seismometers across the globe. The intensity was strongest in this Pacific region so we see more trouble to come in this part of the world. A deep and powerful 6.5 quake struck the Bonin Islands of Japan at a depth of 520.4 km and that perhaps best summarizes some of the massive tectonic stress movement of plates over the last 45 days. Update: This 3-D view of the Sun from the NASA solar observatory shows some unusual tearing on the Sun’s surface.