Empirical effects of cosmic inflation

Let's imagine that via some contrived mechanism the cosmos entered a new inflationary era, starting right now: Space itself started to uniformly expand faster than the speed of light. Would the effects on Earth be immediate and catastrophic, or would we start to notice the phenomenon only some time later through observations of distant stars, galaxies, etc?

• Space is expanding faster than the local speed of light, already, but that expansion is always hidden by an event horizon. To us that event horizon is the earliest moment of the big bang, i.e. it surrounds us with a past that is a mere 300,000 years earlier than the CMB. Jan 19, 2016 at 11:31

However during the inflationary period immediately after the Big Bang the doubling time was around $10^{-34}$ seconds. Expansion at this rate would not just immediately rip the Earth to pieces but it would also destroy even the atoms that the Earth is made from.