Independent.co.uk is reporting the Earth’s magnetic north pole is veering towards Siberia at an incredibly fast rate, and experts are not sure why.
The erratic movement has forced the scientists tasked with monitoring the planet’s magnetic field to update their system that underlies global navigation, from Google Maps to shipping.
As liquid iron swirls around in the Earth’s core, the magnetic field – and therefore the poles – shift around gradually and often unpredictably.
The shift they observed was so large it was on the verge of exceeding the acceptable limit for navigation errors.
To account for this, scientists at the British Geological Survey and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are issuing an unprecedented emergency update to the model.
They have fed in the latest data, including an unexpected geomagnetic pulse that took place beneath South America in 2016, to ensure the system is more accurate.
KTRH spoke to Dr. Morgan Rehnberg at the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History and he said we shouldn't be alarmed by this and that scientist are looking at this movement very closely.