According to recent studies, the North magnetic pole is drifting from the Canadian Arctic region to Siberia, Russia. Why is that happening is not yet known by scientists, even though they updated the magnetosphere model according to the new modifications. However, another research revealed that Earth’s magnetic field changes might make satellites useless, as it could flip and wipe out their technology. Nonetheless, the magnetic pole shift might be happening already.
Currently, the North magnetic pole is moving towards Siberia, Russia, with 55 kilometers per year. That doesn’t seem much, but, in reality, it’s a high speed and an unexpected phenomenon, scientists say.
“However, the consequences could be much more severe as it could also be due to a possible impending pole reversal, where north becomes south and vice versa. In recent years, scientists have been gearing up for a potential flip in the magnetic field – a natural phenomenon which occurs every 200,000 to 300,000 years when the north and south poles switch,” Daily Mail reported.
Magnetic Pole Shift Is Happening As Earth’s North Pole Is Moving To Russia
According to the science, the Earth’s magnetic poles are shifting once in about 44,000 years. The last time when the magnetic pole shift happened was approximately 780,000 years ago. That means we might experience a magnetic pole shift any time soon.
“Regarding increased radiation, that would go along with decreased shielding, but it seems that the atmosphere would still provide sufficient shielding at Earth’s surface that humans and animals would not be significantly affected. However, all the effects we currently only see during strong solar/geomagnetic storms would likely increase and occur during moderate solar activity,” explained Monika Korte from the GFZ Potsdam.
“This includes satellite outages or damage to satellites, increased radiation doses on long-distance aircraft and the ISS (International Space Station), and distortions of telecommunication and GPS signals,” she concluded.