Written by Jerry Riley   
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

I do watch some scary TV programs. Recently was one called SECRETS OF THE EARTH on the Weather Channel. This program was about the Earth’s Magnetic Shield, the same subject of many Science Fiction movies. They never gave the reason, but said that what is not widely known, or publicized, is that the Earth’s magnetic field is getting weaker every year. It has been regularly measured since 1835 and has been found to be decaying at the rate of 5% per century or with a half-life of 1400 years.

Surfing the net, the only theory I found was that the magnetic poles of the Earth are starting to reverse. Unlike the movies, where this happens in a few day, scientists say this reversal will happen over thousands of years. It has happened within Earth’s history - the most recent was about 800,000 years ago. There are no records of what it did to the Earth when it happened.

The magnetic shield is what protects us from the intense radiation that we refer to as sun spots. Most scientists agree that if the Earth is hit by a powerful sunspot, and the shield is not strong enough to repel the force, Earth could lose all electrical power. The electrical magnetic pulse could play havoc with the electric grid, worldwide communications satellites, TVs and computers. With Satellites destroyed and GPS unavailable, will people know where to go? We may learn what pioneering was all about! Think of our recent electrical outage, not even a day long and then imagine that continuing for days, weeks, months and even years! Since everyone on the planet would be affected, there would be no unaffected areas to provide assistance. The less technical countries would be less affected and might have the best chance of survival. Score for the Amish!

Scientists who say this will happen have some things we could do that might help us survive, but so far the Government doesn’t seem to want to fund possible solutions for a catastrophic that might not happen - and, what a revoltin’ development this is!

Jerry Riley comments for the News Bulletin. He is a retired telecommunications supervisor.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:41
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