Check your compass: The magnetic north pole is on the move
Christie employee Hannah Schmidt holds a compass used by T.E. Lawrence, famously known as Lawrence of Arabia, in London, England, on Friday Sept. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)
Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press
Published Monday, February 4, 2019 4:26PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 4, 2019 10:29PM EST
WASHINGTON -- North isn't quite where it used to be.
The magnetic north pole has been moving so fast that scientists on Monday released an update of where it really was, nearly a year ahead of schedule.
Earth's north magnetic pole is wandering about 34 miles (55 kilometres) a year. It crossed the international date line at the end of 2017. It's leaving the Canadian Arctic on its way to Siberia.
The shifting magnetic pole is a problem for compasses. Airplanes and boats also rely on magnetic north usually as backup navigation.
This story has been corrected to delete an incorrect reference to magnetic north being the same as true north.