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what would happen to our magnetosphere and us in the event of a sudden flip?
Originally posted by TechUnique
What would the effects of a pole reversal have for life on Earth?
I know the poles have been shifting for a while/constantly shifting but what would happen to our magnetosphere and us in the event of a sudden flip?
It would have to cause some type of catastrophic occurence like tsunamis and probably very powerful earthquakes. As for life on Earth, I'm not sure. I do think that thousands of people would die from whatever the pole shift would cause to happen with the land and water around us.
The other big factor is that scientists know that as the poles reverse the earths magnetic field weakens, this causes issues with the radiation, and nasties that the magnetic field protects us from.