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Shift of Earth's magnetic North Pole shuts down Florida airport

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Runway changes are needed to account for the moving magnetic pole, which is nearing Russia at 40 miles per year.

Scientists say the magnetic north pole is moving toward Russia and the fallout has reached — of all places – Tampa International Airport.

The airport has closed its primary runway until Jan. 13 to repaint the numeric designators at each end and change taxiway signage to account for the shift in location of the Earth’s magnetic north pole.

The closure of the west parallel runway will result in more activity on the east parallel runway and more noise for residential areas of South Tampa.

The busiest runway will be re-designated 19R/1L on aviation charts. It’s been 18R/36L, indicating its alignment along the 180-degree approach from the north and the 360-degree approach from the south.

Later this month, the airport’s east parallel runway and the seldom used east-west runway will be closed to change signage to their new designations.

The Federal Aviation Administration required the runway designation change to account for what a National Geographic News report described as a gradual shift of the Earth’s magnetic pole at nearly 40 miles a year toward Russia because of magnetic changes in the core of the planet.


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2 Responses to " Shift of Earth's magnetic North Pole shuts down Florida airport "

  1. Lin says:

    This sounds more like an excuse to close the busiest runway. Let’s see if it ever reopens… Get your Holy Bible because God’s prophecies are being fulfilled in our eyes.

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  2. Geez says:

    And if it does open what does that mean??? Just wow is all I got to say about people.

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