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Strong magnetic storm to hit soon: When and how to be prepared

Strong magnetic storm to hit soon: When and how to be prepared RBC-Ukraine collage
Author: Maria Kholina

A Red-level magnetic storm is sweeping across the Earth, and many people may begin to feel a decline in well-being by the second half of today. The unsettled magnetosphere will persist for the next few days, according to Meteoagent.

Mmagnetic storms can lead to discomfort and change in well-being. Solar flares and explosions on the Sun release a significant amount of solar energy into space, consisting of charged particles such as protons and electrons. These particles, when reaching Earth's magnetosphere, create activity known as magnetic or solar storms.

Experts classify storms based on K-index, ranging from 1 to 9, with higher values indicating more intense storms and their potential impact. Storms with a K-index above 5 are classified as Red-level storms, capable of affecting human well-being.

Such storms can affect people's health, disrupt communication sources such as satellites, GPRS, cell towers, and radio frequencies. Storms with a K-index exceeding 7 may even result in polar auroras.

About the coming magnetic storm

As per data from NOAA, TESIS satellites, and international meteorological laboratories worldwide, a Red-level K-index 5 storm will hit the Earth in the second half of January 2. Throughout January 3, a K-index 4 storm will be observed, and on January 4, the Earth will once again experience a Red-level K-index 5 storm.

The magnetosphere will return to a calm state on January 5.

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Magnetic storms forecast (screenshot)

Magnetic storms and their impact on humans

Research indicates a correlation between magnetic storms and human well-being. People often complain of symptoms such as:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • migraines
  • brain fog
  • daytime drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • decreased concentration
  • general weakness
  • rapid fatigue
  • increased anxiety
  • irritability
  • exacerbation of chronic illnesses.

People are more likely to seek medical help and complain of worsening of health during magnetic storms.

The greatest danger posed by magnetic storms is to astronauts outside the protective zone of Earth's atmosphere. They are at risk of exposure to high levels of radiation, significantly increasing the likelihood of cancer.

Tips for enduring magnetic storms

Medical advice during magnetic storms includes getting more rest, monitoring one's health, and ensuring adequate sleep. Other recommendations include:

  • regular and balanced nutrition
  • sufficient water intake
  • reducing physical and emotional stress
  • limiting alcohol and tobacco
  • taking walks in fresh air
  • morning contrast showers
  • exercise
  • ventilating indoor spaces
  • avoiding overexertion by engaging in calm activities and choosing easier sports activities
  • if necessary, seek medical help.