posted on May, 15 2003 @ 06:04 PM
I would personally find it at all surprising that the earths magnetic field is flipping, and it likely is in the process of doing so.
It is known that the precessive motion of the magnetic poles is currently becoming far more eratic that normal, and the earths magnetic field is
becoming detectibly weaker, both of which are hallmarks of a flip.
Also, if you have read the thread about worldwide seismic events, you will notice that I have been posting a good number of links indicating that the
earth is currently in the midst of a prolonged geomagnetic storm. This is normally correlatable with strong solar flare activity, although there is
currently no such activity. I put forth the theory that this is associated with HAARP emmissions, as it does tend to correlate with monitored HAARP
However, I will say that the current geomagnetic storm may in fact not have so much to do with HAARP as a potential symptom of a magnetic pole
But, I wouldnt worry about it too much.
A magnetic field flip usually takes hundreds if not thousands of years to accomplish. You dont just wake up and the magnetic field is 180 degrees
opposite of what it was yesterday. It basically fades slowly away to almost nothing (which it seems to be doing), and then comes slowly back to full
strength, in the opposite orientation.
*Note, to my knowledge, the magnetic field does not fade completely to zero.
I know a lot of people have said that such an event will seriously affect our civilization. The main catastrophes that are mentioned are either A, an
effect similar to Electromagnet Pulse will render all of our technology unusable, or B, all shielding for solar radiation will go away and we will all
be doomed by ionizing solar radiation.
A, our magnetic field will change so slowly as to make it unlikely to affect our modern electronic system. If there are any such effects, it will
likely take so long to manifest that we will find countermeasures to protect our technology.
B, Hundreds of magnetic field flips have been recorded, and they are not totally correlatable to extinction events. Yes, there will likely be a spike
in certain types of cancers that are related to ionizing radiation, but it wont be enough to seriously affect the survival of the human race. It will
essentially be like back in the day when smoking was cool and lung cancer was prevalent. Those likely to be affected in this scenario are those who
spend extended time outdoors during the day, especially in near equatorial lattitudes (like me), and strangely, those who fly for extended periods (as
you spend more time at high altitude, where shielding is thinner: frequent fliers are suspected of having higher than average rates of certain types
My advice: first, DONT PANIC, it will be fine!
Second, try to minimize your time outdoors, or at least use the highest PF sunscreen you can (dont be too concerned with your tan!)
Third, if you are a frequent flier, try to schedule your flights for night time.