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Powerful magnetic storm hitting Earth: When you should take precautions

Powerful magnetic storm hitting Earth: When you should take precautions A powerful magnetic storm hit the Earth (Collage RBC-Ukraine)

A red-level magnetic storm hit the Earth on Tuesday evening, April 16. This storm will be prolonged, reaching its peak today, April 17, after noon.

Meteoagent provides information on what to know about this magnetic storm and when to take precautions.

What is a magnetic storm

Various explosions and flares often occur on the Sun, leading to the release of a large amount of solar energy into space. It consists of charged particles (protons and electrons) that spread rapidly in different directions, including towards Earth.

When these particles reach Earth's magnetosphere, geomagnetic activity occurs, which scientists call solar or magnetic storms.

Storms are divided into several categories based on their intensity. From K-index 1 to K-index 4, these are minor to moderate storms, most of which people on Earth do not feel. Storms with a K-index from 5 to 9 are red-level storms that can affect human activity.

Such storms can affect the operation of communication sources such as towers, satellites, GPRS, radio, and also cause deterioration in the well-being of many people.

What is known about the storm

According to data from satellite systems like NOAA, TESIS, and international meteorological laboratories worldwide, a powerful magnetic storm with a K-index of 5 hit Earth in the evening on Tuesday, April 16. On Wednesday, April 17, it is expected to reach its peak after noon and become even stronger, with a red-level K-index of 6.

On Thursday, April 18, the storm will weaken slightly, but forecasts predict a red-level K-index of 5. It's only on Friday, April 19, that this powerful storm will begin to subside.

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Magnetic Storm April 15-17 (Screenshot)

Impact of magnetic storms on humans

Scientists have been studying the effects of magnetic storms on human life for many years and have conducted numerous studies. Some of these studies confirm a correlation between magnetic storms and human well-being. On such days, people often complain much more about feeling unwell and seek medical assistance, especially from cardiologists.

Most common complaints include:

  • Headaches, migraines
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Sleep problems - excessive drowsiness and insomnia
  • Brain fog, concentration difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Quick fatigue
  • Aggression and irritability
  • Exacerbation of chronic illnesses
  • Heart problems
  • Fluctuations in blood pressure

However, the greatest danger posed by magnetic storms is to astronauts who are outside Earth's protective magnetic field. They can be exposed to high levels of radiation, greatly increasing the risk of developing cancer.

How to protect yourself during a magnetic storm

During such days, doctors typically give general recommendations, which include advice to rest more, avoid overexertion, and monitor your health.

What will help to pass the magnetic storm without consequences:

  • Stick to a normal daily routine.
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep per day.
  • Eat well and regularly.
  • Drink enough fluids.
  • Avoid excessive consumption of coffee, energy drinks, alcohol, cigarettes, spicy and unhealthy food.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Breathe fresh air - in the park, in the yard, outside the city.
  • Ventilate the rooms.
  • Avoid unnecessary stress and reduce emotional stress.
  • If necessary, seek medical help.

Earlier, we discussed the 6 dangerous symptoms that should not be ignored.

We also talked about when to seek medical attention for severe headaches.

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.