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Strong magnetic storm raging on Earth and will last for several days

Strong magnetic storm raging on Earth and will last for several days RBC-Ukraine collage
Author: Maria Kholina

In the coming days, Earth will experience high geomagnetic activity, with experts forecasting this storm to reach a K-index of 6 (red level), according to the Space Weather Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States.

The forecast for solar and geomagnetic activity is set for December 19-23, 2023. Geomagnetic storms are classified by their intensity level, known as the K-index, ranging from 2 to 9. The higher the K-index, the stronger the storm and its impact on people and technology.

According to experts, a strong magnetic storm with a K-index of 6 (red level) is expected on December 19, maintaining its strength for several days. Additionally, a gradual decrease in the intensity of the magnetic storm is forecasted from December 21-23.

The red level corresponds to a severe magnetic storm capable of affecting people's well-being. Magnetic storms can cause headaches, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, general discomfort, exacerbation of chronic illnesses, and even negatively impact a healthy individual.

During such days, it is advisable to be extra cautious when driving, pay close attention to your well-being, and if possible, postpone long trips, important meetings, and negotiations.

To minimize the negative impact of increased solar activity, adhere to simple rules:

  • Spend more time outdoors during magnetic storm days, except the midday time (12-4 PM), when it's better to avoid direct sunlight.
  • Include more water, fresh fruits, vegetables, and berries in your diet.
  • Avoid elevated physical and mental stress and overexertion.
  • Refrain from alcohol, fatty, spicy, and salty foods on these days. Instead, opt for light dishes, such as vegetables and poultry.