Chairman Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center states, "The great geomagnetic storm of 1859, for instance, occurred during a solar cycle of about the same size we’re predicting for 2013." A Solar Storm that size will burst a large continues electromagnet pulse, EMP, blanketing Earth 36 to 42 hours. Over the years, we have evolved becoming highly dependent on technology. We rely on computers more now than ever, and not just for entertainment. Computers are in our homes, cars, transportation, communications, work, the bank, stores, gas stations, even in ourselves; like pacemakers and hearing aids. EMP from the Sun would be worse than EMP from a nuclear strike. This will have a devastating effect on the whole world, putting the US back 100+ years. Unlike a nuclear strike where only targeted areas would be affected, the 2013 Solar Storm EMP will hit everything. The following bullets are taken from the “Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack Executive Report”.
• Geomagnetic storms, a natural phenomenon driven by the solar wind, may, by a different physical mechanism, produce ground-induced currents (GIC) that can affect the electrical system in a manner similar to the E3 component of EMP.
• EMP-induced GIC may be several times larger than that produced by the average geomagnetic storm, and may even be comparable to those expected to arise in the largest geomagnetic storm ever observed.
• During the Three Mile Island incident in 1979, NRC personnel experienced communication problems that were attributed primarily to call volume overload at the local telephone company switch.
• The wireless system is technologically fragile in relation to EMP, certainly in comparison to the wireline one. In general, it may be so seriously degraded in the EMP region as to be unavailable.
• Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications satellites may also suffer radiation damage as a result of one or more high-altitude nuclear bursts that produce EMP.
• Where the communication sub-system of the national telecommunications infrastructure is connected to antennas, power lines, telephone lines, or other extended conductors, it is also subject to substantial EMP damage.
• An EMP attack would disrupt or damage a functionally significant fraction of the electronic circuits in the Nation’s civilian telecommunications systems in the region exposed to EMP.
• Telecommunication sites, wireless and wireline, typically have between 4 and 72 hours of backup power available, and thus will depend on either the resumption of electrical utility power or fuel deliveries to function for longer periods of time.
• Virtually all American economic activity depends upon the functioning of the financial services industry.
• Financial transactions that express National wealth are performed and recorded electronically.
• Virtually all transactions involving banks and other financial institutions happen electronically.
• Essentially all record-keeping of financial transactions involves information stored electronically.
• The financial services industry has evolved to the point that it would be impossible to operate without the efficiencies, speeds, and processing and storage capabilities of electronic information technology.
• Because financial markets are highly interdependent, a wide-scale disruption of core clearing and settlement processes would have an immediate systemic effect on critical financial markets.
• The electronic technologies that are the foundation of the financial infrastructure are potentially vulnerable to EMP. These systems are also potentially vulnerable to EMP indirectly through other critical infrastructures, such as the electric power grid and telecommunications.
• We must protect the Nation’s financial networks, banking records, and data retrieval systems that support cash, check, credit, debit, and other transactions through judicious balance of hardening, redundancy, and contingency plans.
• EMP could also cause control or data-sensor malfunctions that are not easily discernible, leading to counterproductive operational decisions. Process control systems are critical to the operation and control of petroleum refineries, and little or no notice of an outage significantly increases the potential for damage during an emergency shutdown.
• The energy distribution infrastructure is also critically dependent on the availability of commercial power to operate the numerous pumps, valves and other electrical equipment that are required for a functional infrastructure.
• The transportation industry will increasingly rely on information technology to perform its most basic business functions. As this occurs, it becomes more likely that information system failures could result in large-scale disruptions of multiple modes of the transportation infrastructure.
• The imperative to achieve superior performance has also led to a tremendous increase in the use of electronics that are potentially vulnerable to EMP. The internal combustion engine provides a familiar example of this phenomenon. Modern engines utilize electronics to increase performance, increase fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, increase diagnostic capability, and increase safety.
• Based on this assessment, significant degradation of the transportation infrastructures are likely to occur in the immediate aftermath of an EMP attack.
• For example, municipal road traffic will likely be severely congested, possibly to the point of wide-area gridlock, as a result of traffic light malfunctions and the fraction of operating cars and trucks that will experience both temporary and in some cases unrecoverable engine shutdown.
• Railroad traffic will stop if communications with railroad control centers are lost or railway signals malfunction.
• Commercial air traffic will likely cease operations for safety and other traffic control reasons.
• Ports will stop loading and unloading ships until commercial power and cargo hauling infrastructures are restored.
• EMP can damage or disrupt the infrastructure that supplies food to the population of the United States.
• Yet an EMP attack could potentially disrupt the food infrastructure over a large region encompassing many cities for a protracted period of weeks to months.
• The transformation of the United States from a nation of farmers to a nation where less than 2 percent of the population is able to feed the other 98 percent and supply export markets is made possible only by technological advancements that, since 1900, have increased the productivity of the modern farmer by more than 50-fold. Technology, in the form of knowledge, machines, modern fertilizers and pesticides, high-yield crops and feeds, is the key to this revolution in food production. Much of the technology for food production directly or indirectly depends upon electricity, transportation, and other infrastructures.
• The distribution system is a chokepoint in the US food infrastructure.
• Supermarkets typically carry only enough food to provision the local population for 1 to 3 days.
• Supermarkets replenish their stocks on virtually a daily basis from regional warehouses that usually carry enough food to supply a multi-county area for about one month.
• The large quantities of food kept in regional warehouses will do little to alleviate a crisis if it cannot be distributed to the population in a timely manner. Distribution depends largely on a functioning transportation system.
• An EMP attack will result in diminished capabilities of emergency services during a time of greatly increased demand upon them.
• The EMP vulnerability of emergency services systems is primarily due to the susceptibility of computer and communications equipment, and secondarily due to likely commercial electric power outages.
• Degradation in these capabilities following an EMP attack is likely, as discussed previously, thereby providing another source of cascading infrastructure failure.
• Satellites in low Earth orbit generally are at very considerable risk of severe lifetime degradation or outright failure from collateral radiation effects arising from an EMP attack on ground targets.
Although the US can improve prevention, protection, and recovery in the face of an EMP attack to levels below those that would have catastrophic consequences for the Nation, an EMP attack would still cause substantial disruption, even under the best of circumstances. Many citizens would be without power, communications and other services for days—or perhaps substantially longer—before full recovery could occur.
A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause $1 to 2 trillion in damages to society's high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery. This is just for the electrical and communications infrastructure.
The question is, how many days can you and your family survive with just the food in your home? It’s not too late to start preparing yourself for the economic hardship ahead of us. Every payday, buy some extra non perishable food, supplies, medications, first aids, blankets, soap, anything you feel you can’t live without, and put it away. For food that lasts 15+ years, check out eFoods Global. Protect yourself and your electronics by building a Faraday Cage. By all means, tell your friends and love ones to start preparing!
One of the most asked questions received is, "If the 2013 Solar Storm is for real, why isn’t the federal or state government warning the people?"
A presidential address would cause widespread panic and market instability. NASA has been publishing articles for years; you just need to search for them. This is one reason why we are posting articles of importance at NestLink.
Another question asks is "Why isn’t the federal government doing something?"
They are, you’re just not included in their plans. When the 2013 Solar Storm hits, it will be everyone for themselves, for years. Are you ready?
Click Here to Download the “Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack Executive Report” in PDF.