I've been reading and researching the phenomena of Electromagnetic pulse.
What if the lights go off all of a sudden? No big deal, right? Just wait for a bit until the utility company brings them back on.
But what if it went out for a few weeks, months, or even years? Then we’d be in trouble.
The way we live now is only possible because of our electricity grid. Take that away and we lose our transportation systems, our water filtration, the ability to live in tall buildings and so on.
Can the power actually go out for this long? That is something that keeps people up at night who study the issue of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) warfare. Right now, we don’t know the answer. But the worst-case scenario — no power for a long, long time — is certainly possible.
Back in the 19th century, a solar flare created a phenomenon called the Carrington Event, where energy from the sun made its way into our atmosphere and fried electronics across the earth. Telegraphs caught fire and the transatlantic cable was damaged. This was a naturally occurring EMP, something that NASA estimates have a 10% chance of happening now. Low odds, but still not reassuring ones.
The United States and Soviets first became aware of this possibility while testing nuclear weapons during the end of the Second World War. When nuclear detonations took place atmospherically — where many tests were done — they discovered it caused power outages down below.
Analysts also know that both Russia and China have this warfare included in their military doctrine.
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