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Strong magnetic storm hits Earth: Tips to reduce impact on well-being

Strong magnetic storm hits Earth: Tips to reduce impact on well-being RBC-Ukraine collage
Author: Maria Kholina

A red-level magnetic storm of the red level swept across the Earth on Sunday, March 3, and intensified on Monday, potentially causing discomfort for many individuals worldwide, according to Meteoagent.

Magnetic storms

Regular solar flares and eruptions emit vast amounts of solar energy into space. This energy consists of charged particles - protons and electrons - dispersing in various directions, including towards Earth.

These charged particles can swiftly move through space, and upon reaching Earth's magnetosphere, triggering activity known as magnetic or solar storms.

All magnetic storms are classified based on their intensity using K-indexes. Storms ranging from K-index 1 to K-index 4 are considered minor, often passing unnoticed by Earth's inhabitants. Any storm above K-index 5 is categorized as a red-level storm. Such storms can impact human well-being and cause discomfort for many people on the planet.

Storms exceeding K-index 6 can disrupt communication sources such as cell towers, GPRS, satellites, and radio frequencies. They may also induce polar auroras.

Current magnetic storm

According to satellite systems NOAA, TESIS, and international meteorological laboratories worldwide, a red-level storm with a K-index of 6 engulfed Earth on Sunday evening, March 3.

By Monday, March 4, the storm's intensity escalated to a red-level K-index of 7. The storm is expected to diminish by Tuesday, March 5.

Effects of magnetic storms on humans

Numerous studies confirm a correlation between magnetic storms and worsening health conditions in many individuals. On such days, people commonly complain of health issues and seek medical assistance.

Common complaints include:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Mental fogginess
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Nighttime sleep disturbances
  • Reduced concentration
  • General weakness
  • Increased fatigue
  • Increased anxiety, irritability
  • Aggression
  • Exacerbation of chronic illnesses

However, astronauts face the greatest danger from magnetic storms while outside Earth's protective atmosphere. They are at risk of exposure to high levels of radiation, significantly increasing the risk of cancer.

Protecting health during magnetic storms

Medical professionals offer general recommendations to help individuals navigate days of magnetic storms without significant consequences:

  • Maintain a regular daily routine
  • Ensure adequate sleep
  • Stick to a balanced diet
  • Monitor health conditions
  • Stay hydrated
  • Reduce physical and emotional stress
  • Limit heavy or unhealthy food, cigarettes, alcohol
  • Take outdoor walks
  • Ventilate indoor spaces
  • Engage in calming activities
  • Opt for gentle exercise
  • Prioritize rest
  • Seek medical assistance if necessary.