We are all concerned about the possibility of an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) being denoted by an enemy, either in low orbit above a major city, or close to communications satellites. The impact would be immediate and devastating for our digital societies.
The UK government also believes there is a big threat from nature. They anticipate that we are massively unprepared to deal with a naturally occurring solar flare, which would have the same effects as nuclear powers detonating an EMP in low earth orbit. They warn that we would have just 12 hours warning of a naturally occurring event.
Self-reliant people SHOULD find 12 hours more than enough for their needs. But as this UK Cabinet document warns, a solar explosion or flare, could create a massive electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) that could fry anything connected to the grid or switched on (computers and radios working on batteries, for instance.)
That’s everything! Fridges, cookers, computers (not that there will be an internet for a while), A/C and heating units, washing machines, driers, new cars, public transport, planes and airports (anything flying at the time will probably crash, let’s hope we really get 12 hours notice), government offices (yeah, shame), banks and ATMs, hospitals…the list is endless.
And according to the UK government, they are massively under-prepared for this eventuality. Even though the first recorded incident of the “Carrington Effect” was observed in the UK in 1859 by Richard Carrington, an astronomer who witnessed a solar coronal mass ejection (CME) hitting the Earth’s magnetosphere which induced one of the largest geomagnetic storms on record.
How big was the 1859 flare?
Aurorae were seen around the world, those in the northern hemisphere even as far south as the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning.
People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora’s light. The aurora was visible as far from the poles as Sub-Saharan Africa Monterrey and Tampico in Mexico, Queensland, Australia, Cuba and Hawaii.
Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases giving telegraph operators electric shocks. Telegraph poles threw sparks. Some telegraph operators could continue to send and receive messages despite having disconnected their power supplies!
So, when it happens, it’s going to be a big deal. And every year we have a 1% chance of it happening. And nowadays the impact would be catastrophic. So we mean it. You have to become more self-reliant. You need canned and tried foods, alternate laundry and bathing solutions. Off-the-grid power, cooking and communications systems. You need to be proficient in self-defense, medicine, first aid, repairs and scavenging.
Have a look at this document. It reveals how seriously the Government is taking the threat. We should, too.