At 11:24 EST on January 12th, a huge solar flare erupted from. This event caused a minor radio interference occurred the sunlit side of the planet.
The sun flare was classified as an M-class flare. These flares come after X-class flares, which are the most intense ones, and hence M-class flares have medium intensity. M-class flares are further divided into many categories, this one being an M5.6 class flares, which means that it is 5 times as intense as an M1-class flare.
The most recent X-class sun flare erupted from the sun on 19th of December 2014.
The radiation explosions are related to solar flares which may impact the Earth, but scientists are sure that they are not harmful to us. Nevertheless, the radiation of a medium and high intensity are capable of causing GPS and radio blackouts, and even can affect satellites due to the creation of geomagnetic storms from the associated coronal mass ejection or CME. CME is actually a plasma that leaves the atmosphere of the sun and could potentially reach or home planet approximately two days after the event.
The space weather forecast from monday said that the event did not show any indication of a CME, and even if it did, the location of solar flares depicts that a CME would have been cast off, away from Earth. The solar event, however, created a finite blackout of various systems on the sunlit part of the planet. The disturbance took place for a duration of about 10 minutes.