A strong magnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18, as it has been shown by the magnetic activity graph designed by the Russian X-ray Solar Astronomy Laboratory.
As the graph shows, on March 14th, 16th, and 17th, some geomagnetic changes will be sensed.
This strong magnetic storm is the third one that will hit the Earth this year, as the first one has been registered on January 15th and the second one on February 19th.
What is a magnetic storm?
A magnetic storm is the normal reaction of our planet’s magnetic field that shields us from radiations to solar flares that hit our planet – also known as solar winds.
The magnetosphere – the Earth’s magnetic field – minimizes its effects so that the solar plasma does not produce catastrophic effects. Humans are always experiencing magnetic storms, even before when humanity had no clue about the magnetic storms and their occurrence, as the Russian astronomer Sergei Popov explained.
What effects will the strong magnetic storm on March 18th have on humans health?
People who are more sensitive to the meteorological events will also be sensitive to magnetics storm. Therefore, such people might present physical discomfort, nervousness, migraines, fatigue, and irritability.
However, Sergei Popov acknowledges that “it is impossible to predict exactly how that storm can affect us”, adding that to be more secure, we must take into account both its magnitude and “the ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure” during the days when the phenomenon happens.
What effects will it have on communications?
Although its impact is relative, it could generate damage in the airplanes’ communications with the control towers, or in location systems, such as GPS, which eventually would stop working or offer incorrect data.
In conclusion, the strong magnetic storm will hit the Earth on March 18th without causing big damages even though is one of the most powerful in the last period.