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Powerful magnetic storm hits Earth today: What is known

Powerful magnetic storm hits Earth today: What is known Powerful magnetic storm hits Earth today (RBC-Ukraine collage)

A powerful magnetic storm is going to hit the Earth today, October 29. According to experts, a geomagnetic storm with a K-index of 7 will start in the evening on Sunday and last for nearly three days, according to Meteoagent.

What is a magnetic storm

Solar flares and storms provoke the release of solar energy, leading to an elevated geomagnetic environment. Solar energy from such eruptions scatters in various directions, including towards the Earth.

This energy is made up of charged particles, such as protons and electrons, which travel through space at extremely high speeds. When these particles reach the Earth, they interact with our magnetic field and atmosphere, resulting in a variety of effects.

Scientists classify such storms by their strength. Minor magnetic fluctuations are usually hardly noticeable; these are storms with K-index 2 to K-index 3. A K-index 4 storm is considered moderate.

Storms with a K-index of 5 and above are already at the red level and can be noticeable. Such storms can cause disruptions in the operation of electronics, satellites, mobile communication, and GPRS. Stronger storms can lead to polar auroras.

Moreover, storms with a K-index above 5 can affect people's well-being on the planet.

What is known about the upcoming magnetic storm

According to data from NOAA satellite systems, TESIS, and international meteorological laboratories worldwide, a powerful magnetic storm with a K-index of 7 will hit the Earth in the evening on October 29.

On October 30, the magnetic storm will weaken slightly, but very insignificantly - a K-index of 6 is expected. On Tuesday, October 31, the storm will drop to a red K-index of 5. Only on November 1 will it subside, and a K-index of 4 is expected. The magnetosphere is expected to return to normal on Thursday, November 2.

How do magnetic storms affect humans

Among scientists worldwide, there is no consensus on the impact of magnetic storms on human health. There are many studies that confirm the correlation between magnetic storms and a decline in human well-being.

During such days, people may experience discomfort and are more likely to seek medical attention, especially from cardiologists.

Common complaints include:

  • Headaches, migraines, dizziness
  • Insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness
  • General weakness and a decline in well-being
  • Rapid fatigue, decreased concentration, and productivity
  • Increased anxiety, depression, irritability, and aggression

The greatest danger posed by such storms is to astronauts outside the protective shield of the Earth's atmosphere. They can be exposed to high levels of radiation, significantly increasing the risk of developing cancer.

How to ease your condition during magnetic storms

If you are weather-sensitive and experience a decline in well-being during magnetic storms, doctors usually recommend the following:

  • Get enough rest and sleep - at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
  • Reduce physical and emotional stress.
  • Breathe fresh air and drink enough water.
  • Maintain a balanced diet and avoid alcohol, salty, and unhealthy food.
  • Reduce stress and workload.
  • If necessary, consult your family doctor.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.