An EMP is an electromagnetic pulse. EMPs can and do occur naturally. A “solar storm” on the sun is a hotspot that shoots out a burst of electric activity into outer space. These solar storms happen frequently. If the storm is large enough, the EMP can reach earth. If electronics –basically anything with circuitry or vacuum tubes- is subjected to an EMP, it fries and destroys the piece of electrical equipment.
If an EMP of large enough size and power were to hit the planet, it could simultaneously wipe out all of the electronics over a large geographic area –even the entire U.S.A. It is not a question of if an EMP will hit the U.S.A. or a large part of it -it is only a question of when. Major EMPs have hit earth in the past; no one but astronomers noticed because there were no electronics to be destroyed by it! I understand that it is possible to build a “faraday cage” to protect electronics from an EMP, but it is cost prohibitive to do so, and many (most?) government and corporate infrastructure computers are not even protected.
An EMP that destroyed most or all of the electronics in America would destroy American society. All commerce and transportation would immediately stop. While old vehicles would run until their gas tank was empty, any vehicle with a computer attached to the engine would be a motionless hunk of junk. All banks would be closed, as the fantasy electronic assets they dealt in would be nonexistent.
All commercial food production would stop immediately. All delivery of water and sewage services by the government or corporations to houses would immediately stop, as it is all accomplished with the aid of computers and various electronic machines. The internet, commercial radio stations, and TV would be instantly gone. Preppers with battery powered radios would be listening to nothing.
All police and fire departments would disintegrate, not that their cars or trucks would run and allow them to respond to a crime or fire anyway. Riots and disease would break out immediately. The cities would collapse. Hordes of desperate people would be wondering around looking for food, water, and shelter from the elements. The government would be in chaos, if it still existed.
Military bases, which have food and ammunition stockpiles and an established hierarchy of command, would close their gates and await orders- if the orders ever came. If the civilian government was still existent and had means of communication, martial law would likely (unconstitutionally) be declared; if there was no civilian government left, the military bases would wait for U.N. direction or form into warlord led kingdoms like in a third world country. If the EMP hit only the U.S.A or North America, foreign military invasion and occupation would be likely.
Because of (1) lack of food, water, and shelter, (2) rioting, looting, and crime, (3) and no sanitation, there would be massive American fatalities in a short amount of time. Quite possibly, half or more of Americans would be dead within six months of the EMP.
Had an EMP occurred 150 years ago, nothing would have happened. Most people would not have even known! People who pursue a traditional lifestyle, such as the Amish, would not know an EMP occurred –until looters came to kill them, rape their women, and take their food. However, our lust for wealth and comfort has led modern Americans into an unnatural, urbanized, interconnected with everyone else, fantasy existence totally reliant upon electronics, the water and power grid, and commercially produced food transported from hundreds of miles away to be purchased with government script (FRNs) from corporate stores. Like the weakened people of late Rome, Americans will pay dearly for their soft and lavish lifestyle when reality eventually strikes them.
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