America’s black swan: The EMP blast

America’s black swan: The EMP blast

A “Black Swan” is defined as an event regarded at the time of its occurrence as unprecedented and unexpected but later, in hindsight, understood to have been inevitable. An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is in that category, since scientific experts have repeatedly warned that a major EMP event is not a question of if, but when. But what could cause an EMP blast domestically and what would the damage be?

This image from The Heritage Foundation depicts the area of destruction that would be caused by an EMP blast detonated at various altitudes.

A natural EMP event could occur from a direct hit on Earth from a massive solar storm, while a man-made EMP would be a high-altitude nuclear bomb burst instigated by any adversarial country with a nuclear weapon and a missile-delivery system. The immediate result would be catastrophic damage to all the critical infrastructures that rely on the grid, including automated control systems for electric power, telecommunications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water distribution and emergency services. Given the current level of U.S. unpreparedness, it is estimated that within 12 months of an EMP event, two-thirds to 90 percent of the U.S. population would likely perish from starvation, disease and societal breakdown.

Better stock up on Extra High Voltage (EHV) transformers now!

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