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A Massive Electromag​netic Pulse Could Collapse The Economy In A Single Moment

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A Massive Electromag​netic Pulse Could Collapse The Economy In A Single Moment writes Michael @

What would you do if all the lights went out and they never came back on?  That is a question that the new NBC series “Revolution” asks, but most people have no idea that a similar thing could happen in real life at any moment.  A single gigantic electromagnetic pulse over the central United States could potentially fry most of the electronics from coast to coast if it was powerful enough.  This could occur in a couple of different ways.  If a powerful nuclear weapon was exploded at a high enough altitude, it could produce an electromagnetic pulse powerful enough to knock out electronics all over the country.  Alternatively, a massive solar storm could potentially cause a similar phenomenon to happen just about anywhere on the planet without much warning.  Of course not all EMP events are created equal.  An electromagnetic pulse can range from a minor inconvenience to a civilization-killing event.  It just depends on how powerful it is.  But in the worst case scenario, we could be facing a situation where our electrical grids have been fried, there is no heat for our homes, our computers don’t work, the Internet does not work, our cell phones do not work, there are no more banking records, nobody can use credit cards anymore, hospitals are unable to function, nobody can pump gas, and supermarkets cannot operate because there is no power and no refrigeration.  Basically, we would witness the complete and total collapse of the economy.  According to a government commission that looked into these things, approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population would die from starvation, disease and societal chaos within one year of a massive EMP attack.  It would be a disaster unlike anything we have ever seen before in U.S. history.

The article also continues to explore other military sources of EMP generation and explains that a person with a working knowledge of electronics could easily fashion a microwave or EMP device to knockout electronics in a local area with over the counter Radio Shack components.

Be aware, ALL forms of modern electronics devices are susceptible to an EMP burst!

What is being done to protect us, and how can we protect ourselves?

EMP hardening is something that can be done to protect electronic devices, and it has been happening around us since the terrorist events of 9-11. The Governments of the world became fully aware how vulnerable they are, and started to protect it’s electronic infrastructure. Mobile telephone towers and newer transformer stations are being outfitted with anti-surge and suppression filters to protect against the high current and voltage spike effects that occurs during an EMP. These civilian grade devices however will likely only protect the electronics from a relatively low power “solar storm” attack, rather than an EMP weapon attack.

Otherwise you can build an elaborate Faraday Cage to house your electronic devices during the EMP burst. Plans for these can be researched on the internet. But at the most basic level steel or metal shielding (ammunition boxes) may protect your electronics during an EMP burst. Point to note; your electronic devices need to be stored within the shielding before the EMP burst occurs. There will likely be no warning, and it will be instantaneous! There are some other products out there that claim to be able to shield your devices from an EMP burst… but who knows!? It maybe that wrapping your iPad in seventeen layers of aluminum foil may protect it, but it’s doubtful. The charge created by the EMP burst needs an electrical path directly into the ground (earth) to dissipate the electrical energy safely, something like a lightning conductor.

My advice… store a few electronic items such as flashlights, AM/FM emergency channel dynamo radio, walkie talkies, spare batteries, solar power recharging station, etc. You may also want to store a night vision optic and some more specialized equipment in a shielded container. These devices may just give you an edge when everyone else gets relegated to the stone age!

Check out this article “Super EMP” Capable of Disabling Power Grid Across Lower 48 States published in June 2011 @


There are a great many resources out there on the internet for you to investigate, just remember to read them before the EMP burst occurs!

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