Kilauea’s magnetic field points in opposite direction

Hawaii volcano sending compasses crazy. Could be signaling an upcoming polarity reversal.
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Mount Kilauea’s magnetic field flows in the opposite direction to the rest of the planet, sending compasses into an “uncontrollable spin.” according to the Express.

(I know, I know, the Express is not one of the most dependable of sources, but when it quotes scientists who say our planet is rapidly approaching a magnetic reversal, I sit up and take notice.)

Brad Singer, a geology professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who investigates lava flow magnetic fields, explained the bizarre finding: “When the lava flows erupt and cool in the Earth’s magnetic field, they acquire a memory of the magnetic field at that time. The flip occurs during periods of declining strength of the Earth’s magnetic field, Singer added.

(I agree. That’s what I say in Not by Fire but by Ice.)

“Right now, historic records show that the strength of the magnetic field is declining very rapidly,” said Singer. “From a quick back-of-the-envelope prediction, in 1,500 years the field will be as weak as it’s ever been and we could go into a state of polarity reversal.

(I think it could happen far sooner than that.)

Co-researcher Kenneth Hoffman of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and UW–Madison has been researching field reversals for over 30 years.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/968476/Hawaii-Volcano-latest-Mount-Kilauea-magnetic-field-compasses
Thanks to Benjamin Napier and Les Francis for this link

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June 4, 2018 at 06:13PM

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