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Solar flare sparks radio blackout in parts of Asia and Australia

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The Sun has unleashed an intense solar flare, sparking radio blackouts in several parts of Asia and Australia. 

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According to the US Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), the solar flare peaked late on April 17 at 3.34 GMT (9.04 IST) 

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and was followed minutes later by a massive sun eruption known as a coronal mass ejection, Space.com reported. 

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The flare registered as an X1.1-class sun storm and lasted about 34 minutes, SWPC officials said. 

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The flare originated from Regions 2994 and 2993, a cluster of active sunspots that has seen "significant flaring" since it appeared on the eastern limb of the Sun, according to the SWPC. 

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"Solar activity is expected to be active over the next week as these sunspots migrate across the visible disk," the agency said in an update. 

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