EMP Threat Not Just a Hollywood Trope

By Richard Sterk, Defense Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Source: US Army

The post-apocalyptic effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) are no longer just a plot device in the latest Hollywood techno-thriller. The threat to the global grid is very real and very serious. EMP threats encompass not only weapons of mass destruction or threats from terrorist groups and criminal organizations, but also natural threats such as a geomagnetic storm on the sun that sends huge solar flares in the direction of Earth. Continue reading

Global Grid Meltdown No Longer the Domain of Techno-Thrillers

By Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Early U. Army Cold War Testing of Electromagnetic Effects and Electromagnetic Pulses  (Source: US Army)

Early U. Army Cold War Testing of Electromagnetic Effects and Pulses (Source: US Army)

Electromagnetic pulses are no longer plot devices for techno-thriller disaster films.  The threat to the world grid from an EMP is very real.  This threat could be man-made, such as a weapon of mass destruction, or it could be a natural phenomenon such as a geomagnetic storm on the sun sending huge solar flares in the direction of the Earth.

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