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Powerful magnetic storm hits Earth: Tips on helping yourself

Powerful magnetic storm hits Earth: Tips on helping yourself RBC-Ukraine collage
Author: Maria Kholina

A powerful magnetic storm swept over the Earth on April 25, with meteoric impacts expected to persist until April 27.

Below are some tips on weathering the impacts, according to Meteoagent and

What is a magnetic storm?

Magnetic storms occur when charged particles from the Sun interact with the Earth's magnetic field, leading to various phenomena including auroras at the poles and potential disruptions to satellites, power grids, and other technologies.

The duration of a magnetic storm depends on the strength and direction of solar radiation reaching the Earth, ranging from several hours to several days.

Solar activity plays a crucial role in the occurrence of magnetic storms on Earth. The K-index, measuring solar activity on a scale from 0 to 9, indicates the potential strength of these storms. A higher K-index signifies stronger magnetic storms.

Currently, the magnetic storm's K-index is at level 4, corresponding to a yellow alert. This indicates a significant magnetic storm that may affect individuals sensitive to weather changes.

Surviving the storm

Weather sensitivity refers to an individual's reaction to weather changes, including deteriorating conditions or magnetic storms. Some individuals may experience various symptoms such as headaches, sleep disturbances, mood changes, etc., during strong magnetic storms.

It's important to be cautious and attentive to one's own well-being during periods of increased solar activity and magnetic storms.

For those experiencing weather sensitivity, adopting measures to maintain well-being such as rest, healthy eating, and physical activity can be beneficial. Additionally, staying informed about weather forecasts and recommendations during periods of heightened solar activity is crucial.

Key recommendations include:

  • Spending more time outdoors.
  • Ventilating rooms regularly.
  • Maintaining a sleep schedule and taking a contrast shower before bed or in the morning.
  • Avoiding fatty foods and increasing intake of fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Limiting alcohol consumption and switching to herbal tea instead of coffee.
  • Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day.
  • Engaging in light physical activity and walks.

Following these guidelines can help support overall health and increase energy levels throughout the day.