“Anonymous: American Blackout Are You Prepared?”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
By Paul Martin

Amy S.
August 28, 2018

Would you be prepared to survive a nation-wide blackout?

A Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is a burst of electromagnetic radiation created by nuclear explosions. North Korea & Russia has threatened and boasted about their capabilities for using an EMP, which means they will fire the nuclear weapon into the atmosphere over the US.

If an EMP was fired over the US, it would not only devastate the electrical grid of a country along with all its infrastructure but this would lead to widespread casualties. There would be an indefinite blackout because of the EMP, and Military Commanders have been running drills in practice for a situation of chaos caused by a mass failure of the power grid. In the case of any nuclear attacks, radiation is the main thing to be worried about but in the case of an EMP, the radiation is mostly absorbed by the air in the atmosphere above where it is detonated. Using the EMP as a weapon may be desirable for North Korea & Russiaas it requires less accuracy, and an EMP blast could affect a 700-mile radius (1126 km).

The only spot that will be unaffected will be the small area exactly under the explosion close to the ground where the Earth’s magnetic field will create an eye of the storm. The EMP would only need to hit a general area of the target to cause significant damage. Until an EMP actually happens it is hard to know exactly what will happen. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has said that he believed this type of attack would cause society to collapse leading to a high number of American casualties.

“How does an EMP work? EMPs are rapid, invisible bursts of electromagnetic energy, they occur naturally in nature during a lightning strike and hence cause electrical disruptions nearby. A nuclear EMP, however, can affect an entire continent and destroy modern electronics on a colossal scale. A nuclear explosion doesn’t always mean there will also be an EMP. The nuclear explosion causes an invisible burst of gamma rays which are a form of light and a small amount of the bombs energetic yield is emitted as gamma rays. The energy released into the atmosphere accelerates negatively charged particles and electrons in the atmosphere and sends them towards the planet’s poles in a corkscrew-like pattern. The electrons respond by letting off this new energy as electromagnetic radiation. This surge of energy in the form of an electromagnetic pulse happens within a fraction of a microsecond and shocks electronic devices. The radiation emitted can be picked up just like radio waves are picked up by antennas. When the radiation passes through a phone or a computer the device catches this powerful pulse that generates a rogue current of electricity that moves through the device’s circuits and can destroy them. An everyday example of a tiny EMP would be turning on a microwave and your phone’s Wifi or Bluetooth drops off momentarily. When it comes to creating an EMP the more disastrous the EMP corresponds to how high up in the atmosphere the blast occurs. At a high-elevation, the gamma rays are more spread out and can reach a more widespread area. The low air density high up means the electrons can move more freely which will help maximise the intensity of the EMP.”

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