The sun popped off a powerful solar flare this week, its biggest burst in 2015 and one that temporarily knocked out radio communications in the Pacific region, according to NASA.
Maloof’s warnings are all the more relevant after NASA released a statement last week about the findings on the July 2012 solar superstorm by Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado and other scientists.
There is a way to protect your electronics in an EMP event, the Faraday bags from the WND Superstore. The storms begin with solar flares that emit X-rays and other extreme ultraviolet radiation. NASA says the July 2012 solar flare was at least as powerful as the 1859 Carrington Event, named after English astronomer Richard Carrington. The importance of this problem became apparent after some members of Congress had been told by Soviet Duma, or parliament, members that the then-Soviet Union could “bring America to its knees” with one EMP nuclear device exploded at a high altitude, destroying the U.S. In a 2004 preliminary finding and again in a 2008 final, more in-depth report, the EMP Commission showed in considerable detail the catastrophic impact an EMP would have on such critical infrastructures as telecommunications, banking and finance, petroleum and natural gas delivery, transportation, food and water delivery, emergency services and space systems. In issuing the 2008 report, which made a series of recommendations, the EMP Commission chairman, William Graham, said that an EMP event, whether natural or man-made, would cause “unprecedented cascading failures of major infrastructures.” In that event, he said, a regional or national recovery would be long and difficult, and would seriously degrade the safety and overall viability of our nation. Given the prospect of an EMP event over a wide geographical area of the country, it could push the nation back virtually to the 19th century, with our urban environment being the most severely affected.
What countries are developing EMP capabilities, and would the movement of nuclear warheads onto ships and then to the U.S. Maloof: All countries with nuclear weapons are very aware of the effects of an EMP and know their nuclear weapons create an EMP effect.
Not only China and North Korea know about EMPs, but also Russia, Israel, Iran, Pakistan and India and have incorporated the concept in their military doctrine. While some $2 billion would go to harden the major critical infrastructures, it will mitigate greatly the impact of an EMP event, but it won’t be totally foolproof.


Maloof: The fact that the federal government has been aware of the effects of an EMP event on our critical infrastructures but has done nothing it, has placed the burden of preparation on individual citizens at the state and local level. I have outlined in my recent book on EMP what individuals need and can do to prepare for such an event.
Since the time of the EMP Commission’s revelations of the impact of an EMP event on those technologically based critical infrastructures, the federal government still hasn’t treated it as a national security issue. Reliance on state initiatives, however, will vary according to location, a development which requires the federal government to have someone within the National Security Council who can coordinate all federal, state and local preparations to lessen the impact from an EMP event. Also, emergency services at the local levels need to determine whether they can respond if an EMP is to occur. In the case of an EMP, people need to place themselves into a 19th-century existence and figure out what they will need in a household, such as a supply of stored food, water and medications on which they may need to survive for weeks, months and possibly years. They happen when magnetic energy that has accumulated in the solar atmosphere suddenly escapes with the power of 10 million volcanic eruptions, as described by NASA. Michael Maloof: Scientists generally are in agreement that a natural or manmade electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event can be devastating to our unprotected electrical grid, electronics and automated control systems. Some EMP experts suggest the urban centers of the United States could become extinct, given the high potential for disease as a result of a buildup of garbage and sewage due to the breakdown of sanitation, as well as other secondary effects, leading to the prospect of death and starvation to some 90 percent of the U.S.
Nevertheless, it was during those tests that EMP was first detected after a test explosion affected communications some 800 miles away in Hawaii. The nation would be in a far better position to sustain an EMP, whether from natural or manmade events, if the national effort to harden all electronics is undertaken now.
Department of Homeland Security still does not regard an EMP event as one of its 15 National Planning Scenarios, which offer procedures to be implemented in the event of a catastrophic emergency, such as floods or terrorism.
Scientists said they’d be keeping a close eye on the solar region where the flare erupted to monitor for any future bursts.


A side effect would be a solar electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, that would affect everything from communications to vulnerable electrical grids. Depending on its intensity, an EMP can have a catastrophic, cascading impact on all of the electricity-dependent critical infrastructures on which we rely for survival.
As a consequence, Congress in 2000 mandated the creation of an EMP Commission of prominent scientists to look at the effects of an EMP on our national grid and all of the critical infrastructures that depend on it.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, for example, has projected the cost from a direct hit from a solar flare would cost some $2 trillion in the first year, take four to 10 years to recover and affect the lives of more than 160 million people, meaning that they would either die or starve.
Testimony in Maine from emergency responders revealed that emergency vehicles could be taken out of the game because of an EMP. In seeing this result, further tests were conducted by the British and then Soviets and determined that the potential impact of an EMP on electronics, communications and the grid was dramatic.
In knowing what the impact of an EMP would be on electrical grid systems and all electronics, these countries are undertaking efforts to harden their own electronics to mitigate EMP effects on their technology-based systems.
The EMP effect from a high-altitude nuclear explosion, however, could be worse, since it is more intense than the impact of a solar flare. The greatest intensity of an increasing number of solar flares spewing from the sun’s surface is expected between now and all of 2014. Because our electronics today have become more sophisticated, the likelihood of an EMP event on them will be even greater, if left unprotected.



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