Scientists have recently discovered that the North Pole is moving from the Canadian Arctic to Siberia at a speed of 55 km per year. The reason is not known, but it is probably due to a mbadive section of liquid iron that moves inside the planet. This has caused the experts in global geomagnetism to undergo an urgent update of the World Magnetic Model (WMM), where it will be modified exactly where the North Pole is.
The next update was not scheduled for 2020, but due to the sudden change of the North Pole, researchers have to present it.
However, the consequences could be much more serious since it could also be due to a possible imminent pole shift, where the north becomes the south and vice versa.
In recent years, scientists have been preparing for a possible turn in the magnetic field, a natural phenomenon that occurs every 200,000 to 300,000 years when the north and south poles change.
The poles tried to exchange themselves 40,000 years ago but the process failed.
As a result, the last time the poles moved was 780,000 years ago, which means that we are behind in a pole investment.
Scientists have warned that once the process has begun, it could take 1,000 years to complete.
During that time, the Earth's magnetic field will be compromised, leaving living beings on the planet vulnerable to a higher dose of radiation from the sun.
Monika Korte, head of the GFZ Potsdam working group on the evolution of the geomagnetic field in Germany, told the Space website: "With regard to the increase in radiation, that would be accompanied by less protection, but it seems that the atmosphere would still provide enough protection on the surface of the Earth that humans and animals would not be significantly affected.
"However, all the effects that we currently only see during strong solar / geomagnetic storms will probably increase and will occur during moderate solar activity.
"This includes disruptions to satellites or damage to satellites, increased radiation doses in long-haul aircraft and the ISS (International Space Station) and distortions of telecommunications and GPS signals."