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April 8 2012

New "Sunquake" Trigger Found: Huge Solar Belches

Powerful earthquake-like events on the sun's surface, called sunquakes, can be set off by huge belches of charged particles from the solar atmosphere, scientists say.

Researchers had previously linked sunquakes to solar flares, eruptions on the sun that can send powerful bursts of x-rays, ultraviolet light, and matter into space.

On February 15, 2011, researchers spied two sunquakes and a solar flare that occurred around the same timeóbut the flare wasn't hot enough to have spawned the seismic waves.

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