The Danger and Consequences of an EMP attack

Not only extreme Solar Flares /CME / “geomagnetic storming” can cause power outage, damage radio and satellite telecommunications or other technological systems, but also an EMP burst.

An electromagnetic pulse (sometimes abbreviated EMP) is a burst of electromagnetic radiation. The abrupt pulse of electromagnetic radiation usually results from certain types of high energy explosions, especially a nuclear explosion, or from a suddenly fluctuating magnetic field. The resulting rapidly changing electric fields and magnetic fields may couple with electrical/electronic systems to produce damaging current and voltage surges.

In military terminology, a nuclear bomb detonated hundreds of kilometers above the Earth’s surface is known as a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device. Effects of a HEMP device depend on a very large number of factors, including the altitude of the detonation, energy yieldgamma ray output, interactions with the Earth’s magnetic field, and electromagnetic shielding of targets.

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States could end modern life in America overnight. Whether caused by an enemy attack (a nuclear device detonated above the atmosphere) or by a natural phenomenon (a geomagnetic storm), an EMP can cause entire regions of the country to lose electricity—permanently.

A wave of EMP creates three chaotic effects. First, the electromagnetic shock can disrupt electrical devices. The second effect is similar to lightning—a power surge that would burn circuits and immobilize electronic components and systems. The third is a pulse effect that flows through electricity trans­mission lines, damaging distribution centers and fusing power lines. Any of these can cause irreversible damage to an electronic system.

The result of a massive EMP event could be devastating. Communications would collapse, transportation would halt, and electrical power would simply be nonexistent. Not even a global humanitarian effort would be enough to keep hundreds of millions of Americans from death by starvation, exposure, or lack of medicine. Nor would the catastrophe stop at U.S. borders. Most of Canada would be devastated, too, as its infrastructure is integrated with the U.S. power grid. Without the American economic engine, the world economy would quickly collapse Earth would most likely recede into the “new” Dark Ages.

Most Americans do not know this. A nation that does not know how to live without technology would be almost entirely stripped of it at that point. Yes, this could really happen.

An EMP attack is America’s “Achilles heel”

The U.S. is completely unprepared and everyone around the world knows it.  It is only a matter of time before someone uses an EMP weapon against the U.S.

Ex-speaker latest official to raise alarm on threat of nuclear EMP attack by Tehran (report and video from 2009)

WASHINGTON (2009) The threat posed to the national security of the United States by Iran was likened only to the one posed by Nazi Germany in the 1930s, by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who suggested Tehran could be planning for a pre-emptive nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on America that would turn a third or more of the country “back to a 19th century level of development.”

Gingrich made the stunning statements, which echo warning of other congressional leaders and national security experts, in testimony before a subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last week.

He said the “extraordinary challenge that the current regime in Iran poses to the safety of the United States” requires “extraordinary measures to meet it.”

“Not since the failure of the League of Nations in the 1930s to confront the aggression of the dictatorships in Japan, Italy and Germany have we seen the willful avoidance of reality which is now underway with regard to Iran,” said Gingrich. “There are lessons to be learned from the 1930s and those lessons apply directly to the current government of Iran.”

Gingrich pointed with alarm at a report first published in G2 Bulletin that Iran had tested the firing of ballistic missiles from a merchant ship in which warheads were detonated in midair over the Caspian Sea rather than at a land or sea target. National security experts and scientists commissioned by Congress to study the threat of electromagnetic pulse attacks on the U.S. concluded that Iran was preparing for just such a scenario. So does Gingrich.

Yesterday, September 27, 2011: Disturbing reports in various media

Official: Iran to send ships near U.S. coast

Iran plans to send military ships near the Atlantic coast of the United States, but offered no timeline or details on the “powerful presence” its naval head promised would be deployed. Read more at politico.com

TEHRAN – Iran raised the prospect on Tuesday of sending military ships close to the United States’ Atlantic coast, in what would be a major escalation of tensions between the long-standing adversaries. “Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to American marine borders,” the head of the Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to the official IRNA news agency. Read more at news.yahoo.com (Reuters)

Abstract: Launched from a barge off the U.S. coast, an EMP attack consisting of one nuclear warhead attached to a single missile might shut down much of the country and kill all except 30 million Americans.

So are you ready?

Additional information:

Life after an EMP Attack: No Power, No Food, No Transportation, No Banking and No Internet

Report of the commission to access the threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack 

EMP attack: Only 30 Million Americans Survive

Before the Lights go out: A survey of EMP preparedness reveals significant shortfalls

Is the United States prepared for a ‘Black Swan’ Disaster Event?

Source and author: infowars * politico * heritage.org * seekingalpha * empcommission.org * 

36 responses to “The Danger and Consequences of an EMP attack

  1. Its a good read.
    Also the reason I have solar panals and things that are shielded.
    I fully expect us to be knocked back to the stone age for a few years.
    ~V.

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  2. I have plenty of candles , blankets, bottled water, clothes, books (for all the down time), and things of that nature. My problem would be food. I can barely afford to by enough to last me from month to month, let alone stock up with good long term storable food (like that from efoosdirect). I think I could survive though, if I weren’t injured badly.
    That’s because I lay awake at night and mentally plan for such things, as wierd as it sounds.
    Not being able to make contact with daughters and grandkids would be the thing that would worry me the most, as they live 4 hours drive from me. I would probably try to hike cross country to find and be with them.

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  3. Any discussion that pits Solar Flares, EMP and threats from Iran is nonsense plain and simple. This is disinformation at it’s highest level of BS. Solar flares are bringing a new consciousness to Earth that is going to take us from the present “stone age” into a whole New Golden Age. This junk news and war mongering must end now. Adamantine particles are being released towards Earth in the perfect amounts to rise consciousness. No further BS by the dark forces who have kept us in darkness and poverty, control and manipulation for eons. Their day of control has ended. This is just another scenario to enable them to feed off FEAR. Say no to BS and let’s move into a peaceful, kinder world now. Say adios to fear tactics now. Move into love and abundance, it’s a choice that is open to you. xoxoxox

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    • Luke, China is so far advanced due to the Clinton years of sharing military secrets and the Bush years of allowing China to make most of our military equipment…France, Germany and England have much of their equipment made in China as well….so they have our plans.
      Nice links too, thank you.

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  4. Now this what I call a Sunrise, & no dots or bumps or planets aroud it🙂

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  5. America is the most war-hungry nation on this planet and has been waging continuous war all over the planet, either with support or covertly for over a hundred years.
    The latest so-called ‘threat’ from Iran is a logical step for the US who only seem to keep their place as a superpower through waging war. It boosts their economy and keeps its own people in fear.
    America and Israel are the nations to be feared. They are intent on either global domination or destruction and your most likely candidate for an EMP, no doubt fired from space by US black project space vehicles.
    Democracy is a word invented by Dictators. If you’re looking for freedom you won’t find it on this planet.

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  6. The sun has been very active recently and for example sunspot 1302 has already blown off two X flares and a bunch of M’s (and has even broken a record of some kind. I think it was that the one X’er was twice as powerful as the previous record set in 2005. Don’t hang me up on the numbers, but it was something to that effect, point just being, that the sun is extremely “moody” these days.) Anyway, 1302 is now facing Earth smack on. Just pray that it doesn’t blow an X’er our way.

    I have solar panels too and think I would be okay after an EMP event, if it weren’t for the marauding masses of panicked people who haven’t prepared, that scare me. And even if looters and berserkers and criminals etc turn out to not be a problem, then the loss of power to cool all the nuclear reactors around the world really and truly scares the bajeezes out of me. They only have so much fuel on site to run the back up cooling systems and without power, the pumps won’t run, nor will the generators for very long. Their electronics and control rooms may even be fried and frizzled and out of commission, regardless of if there is any diesel available. The meltdown of nuclear reactors worldwide is my biggest fear if we get hit by an EMP. There’s no way the world can ever truly recover from mass radiation releases. All species would be cursed with genetic instability forever. Increased morbidity, mortality and infertility among all species would eventually cause the mass extinction of life on Earth, above anything we can imagine. The radiation damage would never be able to be undone. Even with the amount of radiation we have to deal with NOW, before any EMP, is already threatening the viability of certain nationalities:

    With that in mind, the political posturings and military strategies of nations, in such a situation as a massive EMP, would be completely irrelevant and a moot point. China, Russia, Iran, whoever… that won’t matter ONE iota if the Earth ever experiences an EMP that takes out our power grids. War machines need energy too and there will be no way to recover oil, refine fuel, or pump fuel, no communications systems and no control rooms to run the missile systems or drones or coordinate troop movements or whatever… The Chinese military is not going to walk on foot to conquer new lands any time soon and neither would the US or Iran. I expect they all will have other more pressing things to deal with such as their nuke plants and facilities. When the mother of all EMP’s hits, and it will one day, if humans haven’t switched to an EMP-resistant source of energy of some kind by then, it will be game over and it won’t be a matter of if, it’ll be a matter of when.

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  7. Here’s you can see the massive 1302 sunspot facing us right now:

    http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/

    And here you can see just how moody the sun is these days. Notice, that the one large explosion is so big, that it actually rocks the camera;

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    • Hello fellow GLPer!

      Exactly, at that moment, sunspot 1302 wasn’t facing earth and yes the satellite. What amazes me is the speed that the CME was travelling at. It should have taken more time than light to reach SOHO, but it didn’t.

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      • Hi Pietro!

        I’m not a GLP’er. I’m exclusively a TTBTS’er. LOL

        Unfortunately, I don’t have as much time as I would wish, to be active on other sites, but I sometimes pass by GLP though, but I have never made any comments or posts there. I do adore their smileys though, (especially the Putin pic and the scaredy-cat smiley who ducks and hides behind a brick wall always makes me chuckle. It reminds me of myself. LOL)

        Maybe I will join there one day…. but for now, I am more than happy to just be here on this site. It’s a little more polite here, if I may be so bold as to say that, without offending anyone. No one here calls each other “tards” or “morans”, and I like that, so it’s all good. LOL

        Hugs from Blondie! 🙂

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  8. Thank you most kindly for putting this information out for others to get prepared. So many people in the dark, that is just not right. Sending good vibrations out to all of you. Peace, Love & Understanding🙂

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  9. Comments like this about how the threat is from Tehran and not the sun (which threat is expounded upon by none other than Michio Kaku) is just another way to whip up the masses in the US for yet another war. There are too many people in the US that have forgotten or don’t understand the Vietnam era to realize how badly our rights have eroded in the last 20 years, to the point where to protest any war, or to even speak out in any manner against it, are branded as traitors. Remember the Dixie Chicks? They did, and look where they are now – nowhere. Remember the woman who took pictures of coffins coming back from the mideast during the Bush administration, and how she was arrested? When I watched the Vietnam war every night over dinner, we saw the blood and destruction of war up close and personal, and journalism was actually free (remember Woodward and Berstein – or even know about them?); not like the “imbedded” “reporters” we have today. Remember when we were the country that never started wars? Bring back the draft and the nation will rise in protest.

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    • Amen!! And the U.S needs to show more respect for their dissidents and whistleblowers! They are trying to help you! It seems anyone who dares to question or expose the wars for what they are, are imprisoned or silenced. Bradley Manning is another perfect example. What the U.S is doing to that poor man is a travesty.

      I love Dixie Chicks btw and went out and bought their CD in protest back then, just to show them my support. Same with “Pink” and her song “Dear Mr President”. I’ve already commented a lot on this thread, so I’ll try to not take up any more room by posting the youtube link to that song, but look it up. It’s fabulous. 🙂

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  10. “Super Sun Blast Fears Put Russian Nuke Plants In Lockdown”

    “A frightening report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) states that “emergency notices” have gone out to all of Russia’s nuclear power plants warning them that a potential “blast” from our Sun could cause “massive power blackouts” and could even result in “spontaneous atomic explosions.”

    Prompting this unprecedented warning was our Sun’s unleashing of a massive X1.9 solar flare from the behemoth Sunspot 1302 yesterday, and that is just days away from putting our Earth squarely in its sights, that this FAAE report is blaming for the near total blackout that hit the entire South American nation of Chile within minutes of this event occurring.

    This FAAE report further warns that the blackout that occurred in Chile due to yesterday’s solar blast was forewarned about by a similar event that occurred earlier this month in the United States after their Southern California and Arizona regions were hit by a massive power blackout on 8 September.

    Even more concerning to the FAAE about these solar blasts were their being connected by Russian atomic scientists to the nuclear explosion at a nuclear-waste facility in southern France that occurred on 12 September and a Michigan nuclear plant “cooling failure” that occurred on 16 September, both of which were quickly followed by at least six more massive solar blasts occurring in less than 24 hours from 18 September until 19 September.”

    Read more here:

    http://www.pakalertpress.com/2011/09/28/super-sun-blast-fears-put-russian-nuke-plants-in-lockdown

    I just sat down to watch a few youtubes about solar storms and came across this one, which I have only just watched a few minutes of part one of as yet, but they also mention satellites falling to Earth as a sign:

    In the article I linked to above, they mention some top planetary scientists being “taken out” and I have elsewhere read a conspiracy theory somewhere, that scientists in the field who are supposedly “in the know” about what’s in store regarding the Sun, NEO’s, the magnetic “ribbon” and high-energy plasma bordering the heliopause and other space related stuff, are being “suicided” and being killed in freak accidents. It may just be the conspiracy crowd doing what is does best, and I haven’t had time to look into it and see if there really is something to it, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

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  12. hmmmmm, just wondering if that solar explosion was so strong and powerful, and it rocks the stationary solar camera itself, I wonder what it did to Elenin and possibly may have thrown it off course a bit. Lets see if we figure this out right. Elenin and Earth are on the same side now, and that sunspot is also facing us direct. Hmmmmm, that would mean that Elenin may have been pushed in a bit closer to us before it passes us by and also affecting 4 other asteroids now coming thru in short order. The closest one being .009 AU.being a 600 meter diameter puppy.

    We had a 60 meter (200 feet) puppy smack us in Arizona known as Meteor Crater and it created a mile wide diameter and a 700 foot hole!!!!!. Who is NASA kidding here, you or us???? They say many burn up in the atmosphere, which is in a sense is true but when you start popping say 60 meters or bigger, that SOB is going to say hello on the ground. In Chile one did make it to the ground and wiped out a building plus cars and killed a person injuring others and several other towns nearby even heard the explosion impact too.

    Can you folks imagine what a 3 mile diameter piece of asteroid can do when it hits the ground???? Give it a good guess. If 200 feet can make a mile wide diameter rim, a 3 mile monster will make a 80 mile diameter rim. You also will have approximately a 2.5 mile depth hole, but it will be filled back in when the ground falls inwards after impact. This is about the distance from Milwaukee to Chicago folks. Anyone living within 250 miles from impact zone well its bye bye indeed. Vaporized. Before such impact you will already be dead from the crushing pressure in psi terms that is ahead of the asteroid and this pressure will be about 3-5 minutes before impact.

    Anyway, hmmmmmm Elenin and Solar storm. All it takes is a 3 degree change and it will say hello to all of us. As it stands right now we are at the mercy of the Cosmos itself, so lets hope the Sun behaves itself between now and its approach.

    Daveyo

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  13. Nothing is impossible.

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  14. I would not be surprised if the Chinese are planning something like that. First, blow out the communications, power, and internet with several nukes over the atmosphere. Then they can move in quickly and take out key bases, and then send in their armies. It is foretold in the prophecies that the Chinese will invade America.

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    • Aloha Nano.
      Would you be so kind as to point me to those prophesies of which you refer? Im pretty good with prophesies.
      Thanx.
      ~ Vara.

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      • Hi Vara-
        The first one that comes to mind is a mention in Revelations from the Bible about an large army. I forgot which part, but I don’t really take Revelations too seriously because there are so many inconsistences. Might be some truth in there, but most of it sounds like it was written by a madman who ingested too much opium.

        I was inspired mainly by Ken William’s research into stories by people who have had near-death experiences. Those people actually died and went to heaven and back, so that is the closest to the real thing you can get. He has a page devoted to visions and prophecies by those people, including Edgar Cayce. I’m surprised at how many of them are actually coming true now, and China invasion is mentioned in one of them.
        http://www.near-death.com/experiences/research32.html
        There is even an mention of Nibiru, and an extensive paragraph on pole shift. I highly recommend people to read them.

        Other than mentioned prophecies and visions, one has only to look at current status of China to see how it can easily happen. First of all, they have one of the largest armies in the world, with many nuclear and biological weapons. Second, they own and control a lion’s share of the world’s economy. Despite the fact that United States has a strong trading partnership with China, the Chinese government is still secretive and hostile. Recently, there was news about a former official from China who was telling how the Chinese generals are getting anxious to launch a full scale assault on United States. So it is not a far stretch that an invasion on United States by the Chinese is possible.

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      • Nano.
        My bad, I didnt make my self clear in My recquest.
        Can you Please provide any direct sources or links that say specificly”China” in any prophesy, that will Invade north america?
        Thanx.

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      • A cursory internet search will reveal that many people have had either dreams or visions of invasion by China/Russia. Some dreams are considered to be prophecies, of things to come in the future. I believe that if a high number of people are having similar dreams, then there’s a good likehood that it will happen.

        Well, here are a few that might be of interest:

        http://www.unitedstatesprophecy.com/Russia_Invades_America.html
        http://www.isawthelightministries.com/chinese.html

        The link I sent you did mention an invasion by China, and also that United States will be invaded from the south. Interestingly, I found this article:
        http://alternativenewsreport.net/category/chinese-troops-in-mexico/
        Also, here is the article I mentioned before about former Chinese general about plans by China to attack America:
        http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/retired-chinese-general-warns-china-is-planning-a-suprise-missile-attack-on-u-s/

        Well, I don’t know what else to say.

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      • OK, then . Nothing more substantial, like edger case, Nostradamus, mother shipton, actual bible, tohrah etc.
        Thats what I thought.
        Phew.
        Thought I had missed some thing in my researches here.

        I cant give much wieght to the dream factor or amature prophesy thing at this time.
        During the cold war, they had Just the same response to Russia invading, creating movies like red dawn etc. Now its chinese.
        Sure its possible. But with out prophetic material with some substance and credibility behind it, it gets added onto the uncoroborated suspect pile for now.
        Thanx for clearing that up.
        ~ V.

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      • Sorry to disappoint you…it’s not like we got a “Big Book of the Future” on the bookshelf, right?🙂

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  15. This article focuses on Iran at a time when the elite want war on Iran. The US would never allow Iran to post missiles on boats stationed near our coast. This is a propaganda piece to build fear of Iran in the public mind to build toward war. Can you say Psy Ops ?

    But with that said I believe China is a threat. But not now, they are waiting until our economy has collapses and our people are starving. Then they won’t have to fire a shot. Just move their troops in to feed us. They will force our government to turn over our assets based on debt repayment. They are not stupid. They are sitting back and watching us destroy our country with over spending.

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    • Ah ahh…debt collectors !!

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    • America needs to really wake up to the fact that the economy is in trouble, they keep telling people its sorting itself out and that its on the rise, this couldn’t be further from the truth… they can only borrow money for so long before the other countries will dry out from their own debt, China has already made a smart move in removing itself from the American petro dollar – the petro dollar governs the world, look it up – this is why the recession that hit 2010 didn’t affect the Asian markets like it did to the European and American markets.

      As you say Micheal… they will just walk through the front door when the time is right. After all majority off the American army is only loyal while they’re paid and fed…

      Luke

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  16. I too,would also like to see the information concerning China invading US. Thank you!

    Hi all,, sorry I have been away for awhile…work and school keep me quite busy these days. Love to all and may the dreams you have for success become reality!

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  17. a cruise into this site provided some very interesting jump start information-
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/,into this interesting subject,well i work with electronics-and if you have any of these type of (E-Bombs)EMP Strikes in a tactical warfare attack scenario,you just going to have 1 megasized short-circuit in everything that is electronics based-the solar flare intensity is also a canidate when it comes to EMP based situations-your problems there that electronic circuit boards are mini conductors of electricity-so any EBOMB-EMP situation etc is just going make everything just go ……..PUFF….and thats it……

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  18. Now as to the EMP threat

    What people have to realize is that an EMP only effects electronic components, this article details:

    “an EMP attack consisting of one nuclear warhead attached to a single missile might shut down much of the country and kill all except 30 million Americans”

    note the mention of NUCLEAR WARHEAD, ie the EMP will only knock out electronics, its the nuclear device that is going to do the killing, I think this article is focused on the wrong part of the topic, the EMP is a sub element of a Nuke blast, but only accounts for damage to electronics, not damage to human life.

    I do however believe that a non nuclear EMP, or ‘Pinch’ (an EMP standalone device) would change modern life as we know it, how many people could live without; the internet, I-phones, I-pods (all apple products…), computers, power, cars (most modern ones rely on computer chips, older models may still work). even if it was only for a space of hours, that could give time for an enemy force to invade due to lack of communications, or perhaps for hackers to disable systems while they reboot. Its scary to think about the possibilities….

    Luke

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  19. so the most logical reasoning will be to build a Faraday Cage System,that depends how big is your budget-and what electronics systems-which are consirded Critical Systems Need To Be Protected-this site gives the non-technical oriontated person how a FARADAY CAGE works-operates
    http://www.faradaycage.org/ ,so goverments will have faraday cage based systems in place-and that would be Critical Based Systems,only,the rest like your power grid-radio/celluar communications-are the most vurnrable to any EMP strike whether it be Tactical Warfare-or Solar Flare Activity,unfortunately the average general public doesnt have a clue when such a EMP strike happens-its just 1 megasized shortcircuit-and bang goes all the electronics based technology around you,so this report indicates just how dangerous such EMP situations are

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  20. so what if you build a faraday cage for household appliance protection is your choice,when it comes to Radio Communications-the only means after a EMP Strike for the general public is HF-SSB-CB Radio-Ham Radio-Commercial-that is what i personally would build a faraday cage for-as that going to be the only systems working everthing that is Celluar/VHF-UHF-Radio Networks will be non-existent around,including power grids-power outages-so building a faraday cage is quite a simple method-many sites give very informative details-of how to build your own in my opinion is the most dangerous weapon in any tactical warfare situation-just short-circuit your enemies electronics based infrastructure-and they totally stuffed up 1 time..PUFF….BANG goes the electronics infrastructure-

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  21. There is no doubt that there is a peaking climax from the sun spots cycle that not later but sooner and happenning are whats topic ed here.
    But if what’s causing it really is something more than itself then surely we are headed for fiery hours as the trail blazer comes.

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