On Monday, February 4, the World Magnetic Model has found the pole is moving by an approximate 34 miles (55km) a year.
Global Positioning System is not affected because it is satellite-based. "Smartphone and consumer electronics companies also rely on the WMM to provide consumers with accurate compass apps, maps, and Global Positioning System services", explains NCEI.
Now, the Associated Press (via The Guardian) is reporting that predictive models used to cater for this change are struggling to keep up with reality, with the magnetic north pole heading into Siberia nearly a year ahead of schedule. It crossed the global dateline in 2017 and is leaving the Canadian Arctic on its way to Siberia. Since it's always on the move, scientists update their model every five years, the last update being in 2015.
For decades, magnetic north was steadily inching away from the geographic North Pole, but for the last few years the north magnetic pole has been moving closer to the North Pole. Scientists hope that this acceleration in the shifting of magnetic north pole would throw some new insights into the phenomena happening deep inside the Earth's surface.
Magnetic North is on the move, and it has implications for everything from navigation to consumer products.
Earth's north magnetic pole is high-tailing it out of Canada.
The magnetic north pole, or south pole, does not coincide with the geographical north or south pole.
Scientists on Monday released an emergency update to the World Magnetic Model, which cellphone GPS systems and military navigators use to orient themselves.
'It has changes akin to weather, Mr Lathrop said. The Fairbanks airport renamed runway 1L-19R to 2L-20R in 2009. This spot is affected by the flows of-of liquid iron in Earth's core and hence is susceptible to movement. The last time it so happened, with the magnetic north pole getting somewhere near where the magnetic south pole now is, was about 780,000 years ago.
Despite concerns, the Earth's northern magnetic pole shift is considered normal for geological activity.
The Earth's magnetic field doesn't neatly line up with the geometry of our near-spherical planet. Most recently, the planet's north magnetic pole began lurching toward Siberia.
Federal organizations like NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration use something called the World Magnetic Model for navigational purposes as well as surveying and mapping, satellite tracking, and air traffic management.
"It's not a question of if it's going to reverse, the question is when it's going to reverse", Lathrop said.
The planet's magnetic field is generated almost 2,000 miles beneath our feet, in the swirling, spinning ball of molten metal that forms Earth's core.