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A "magnetic disaster" that wiped out the Neanderthals and could reappear was a biblical prophecy, it has been claimed.
Scientists have said the phenomenon, which left the planet exposed to cosmic radiation from space after its magnetic field collapsed, could happen again.
The apocalyptic event happened 42,000 years ago when the Earth’s magnetic poles flipped.
Researchers say it caused lightning storms, extreme UV radiation and major climate shifts which caused mass extinctions.
They warned there could be an upcoming reversal of the poles and suspect “something is on the way”.
An Israeli scientist has now claimed the original event was predicted in the Hebrew Bible.
Sami Kullook believes it was described by the prophet Malachi before the final redemption.
In the verse, the prophet warns all the “arrogant and all the doers of evil” will burn “to ashes” on the “day that is coming”.
He told Israel365 News : “There is prophesy in the Hebrew Bible, on that a similar cosmic event will take place.
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“The prophet was describing the removal on an existing cover protecting us from the light of the Sun.
“Rashi was foreseeing an existing cover around the Earth, which is the magnetic field found by scientific research many centuries later.”
The verse says: “That day is at hand, burning like an oven.
“All the arrogant and all the doers of evil shall be straw, and the day that is coming – said the lord of Hosts – shall burn them to ashes and leave of them neither stock nor boughs.”
Researchers from the University of New South Wales discovered the timing and impacts of the disaster by analysing the carbon content of ancient kauri trees in Zealand.
Professor Chris Turney said: “We essentially had no magnetic field at all – our cosmic radiation shield was totally gone."
He said "unfiltered radiation from space" caused "a ripple of climate change across the globe”.
The Neanderthals were wiped out in Europe, while lightning strikes would have caused waves of wildfires.
But humans are believed to have been able to adapt, with cave art suggesting they sheltered from UV radiation outside.
Professor Alan Cooper, from the South Australian Museum, said: “If a similar event happened today, the consequences would be huge for modern society.
“Incoming cosmic radiation would destroy our electric power grids and satellite networks.”
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