FEMA Warns: 130 Million Without Electricity For YEARS Following Solar Storm

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Daniel Jennings
December 18, 2014

A massive magnetic solar storm could knock out much of the US electrical grid and leave 130 million people in the dark, a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) concludes.

The Federal Interagency Response Plan – Space Weather 2012 was released due to a Freedom of Information Act request and apparently is the Department of Homeland Security’s strategy for dealing with such a storm. The request was filed by the AboutHomelandSecurity.com website.

The plan is based on the conclusions of a NASA-funded National Academy of Sciences study called Severe Space Weather Events—Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts from 2008 and a previous DHS study from 2011.

The FEMA report referenced a scenario prepared by a scientist named John Kappenman that suggested a massive solar flare could dramatically affect the US electrical grid.

“According to the Kappenman and Radasky studies they find that a future extreme space weather event, similar to the great magnetic storm of May 1921, could result in large-scale blackouts affecting more than 130 million people in the United States,” a fact sheet attached to the response plan states. It also notes that such a solar storm or coronal mass ejection could knock out more than 300 extra-high-voltage transformers.

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