No, a massive geomagnetic storm will not hit Earth on March 18. According to the Russian Academy of Sciences, there is a massive geomagnetic storm set to hit Earth on March 18. However, a top official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement earlier this week, in hopes of allaying potential concerns about the supposed event. "G-1 is the lowest of our geomagnetic storm scale - that comes with, frequently, no effect".
Apparently, NOAA has no idea what is this all about as and how did Russians come up with that information. These included an article that warned about the possibility of people suffering from headaches and dizziness as a result of the event, and another one that claimed telecommunications might be disrupted, and that the storm may be a sign of "cracks" in Earth's magnetic field.
'A geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance of Earth's magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding Earth, ' said the Space Weather Prediction Center. The category rises from G1 to G5 with the increase in the intensity of the geomagnetic storms.
The dancing lights of the aurora may become visible in parts of Scotland and northern England and in northern regions of the USA, including in MI and Maine. These cracks weaken our planet's natural protection against charged particles, potentially leaving aeroplanes and GPS systems exposed to the storm.
It can disrupt technology such as power grids and communication satellites. When compared to 1859, yet another similarly intense storm was seen in 2012 which disrupted power grids, however, it was not too risky since it flyby near Earth with a margin of nine days.
It can last for hours or for a couple of days.
Information on the internet is, unfortunately, often easy to manipulate, but there is really nothing to worry about when it comes to the geomagnetic storm on March 18.
Just because this storm isn't up to the hype doesn't mean that solar storms in general should be ignored.
"Closer to Earth's surface, solar activity can cause disruptions of radio signals (particularly HF), provide a small dose of radiation to passengers on high-latitude flights, and provoke auroras (northern and southern lights)".