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Magnetic storm approaching Earth: Potential impacts and dangers

Magnetic storm approaching Earth: Potential impacts and dangers Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Another solar flare has occurred, leading to an impending magnetic storm heading towards Earth. Meteorologically sensitive individuals may feel the effects of all this, and minor disruptions in GPS and satellite communication are also possible.

RBC-Ukraine provides information on the duration and intensity of the storm.

Sources used in writing the material include The Watchers and Meteoagent.

When did the magnetic storm start?

It is reported that a powerful solar flare occurred on March 10th. Scientists observed a coronal mass ejection of type II and determined that a radio burst also occurred.

According to the experts, this may indicate significant radio noise associated with the solar flare. This noise is usually short-lived but can cause interference for receivers such as radars, GPS, and satellite communication.

Due to the flare and coronal mass ejection, Earth experienced the effects of a magnetic storm. The initial fluctuations were noticeable as early as March 10th. The storm will last until March 12th.

However, there is no need to worry excessively. The peak of this storm was on March 10th, and the situation will stabilize in the coming days.

Magnetic storm approaching Earth: Potential impacts and dangers

When will magnetic storms occur (screenshot)

The dangers of magnetic storms

It is known that magnetic storms can pose several risks, both for people and infrastructure. In particular, they affect health:

  • Meteorologically sensitive individuals may experience nausea, apathy, sleep disturbances, headaches, dizziness, and exacerbation of chronic conditions.
  • People with heart problems may face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular complications during magnetic storms.

Additionally, magnetic storms can intensify anxiety, irritability, and depression. However, everything depends on their strength and magnitude.

Recall that scientists recently raised concerns about a solar spot wider than Earth by 15 times.

Moreover, it was previously reported that a neurosurgeon explained how magnetic storms affect our brains.