The debate has been raging for years about how quickly our moving magnetic poles might flip and how we might be affected.

Linda Gadbois with Spiritual Sciences writes:

We have known for quite some time that we are about to experience a “pole shift” as a reversal in the Earth’s electromagnetic field. The North Pole is steadily migrating towards Russia, and is not longer in Canada. But the questions that we still haven’t answered is how will the shift take place, what will we experience as a result, and what will happen at the global level . . . . ??

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During a reversal the magnetic field won’t be zero, but will assume a weaker and more complex form. It may fall to 10% of the present-day strength and have magnetic poles at the equator or even the simultaneous existence of multiple “north” and “south” magnetic poles.

Power cut or mass extinction?

The alteration in the magnetic field during a reversal will weaken its shielding effect, allowing heightened levels of radiation on and above the Earth’s surface. Were this to happen today, the increase in charged particles reaching the Earth would result in increased risks for satellites, aviation, and ground-based electrical infrastructure. Geomagnetic storms, driven by the interaction of anomalously large eruptions of solar energy with our magnetic field, give us a foretaste of what we can expect with a weakened magnetic shield.

In 2003, the so-called Halloween storm caused local electricity-grid blackouts in Sweden, required the rerouting of flights to avoid communication blackout and radiation risk, and disrupted satellites and communication systems. But this storm was minor in comparison with other storms of the recent past, such as the 1859 Carrington event, which caused aurorae as far south as the Caribbean.

Scientists have been saying for years that’s its not a matter of it but when we get hit with a solar storm able to penetrate our earths protective magnetic field wrecking havoc on electronics and the grid. The strength of the magnetic field is key to shielding harmful cosmic rays from our planet.