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originally posted by: Phage
Solar storm activity is not very similar to an EMP, contrary to popular misconception.
You'd better write and tell Obama that, as the US government seems to think that there is in fact such as thing as an EMP from a solar storm.
EMPs are bursts of energy that can be caused by a nuclear detonation or a major solar storm.
No. I'm being factual because that's what I like to do.
To be honest, I'm getting the impression that you're being deliberately ornery for your own amusement.
It's false, solar storms do not produce EMPs.
Well, sort of.
Well, I've provided my source
Geomagnetic disturbances or solar storms are initiated by events on the surface of the sun where ejected masses of electrically charged particles of varying levels are hurled toward the Earth, creating the potential for Earth-based disturbances due to their interaction with the
Earth’s magnetic field. When the particles interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, especially in certain geographic regions, they can cause ground-induced currents (GIC) and other potentially disruptive phenomena.
An EMP is a blast of electromagnetic energy that can disrupt, if not destroy electronic devices within an affected area.
“An EMP is a sudden, high-intensity event, whereas a solar storm is a longer-duration, lower-intensity event. Because of these different electrical characteristics, solar storms will typically only generate currents in very long (300 km+) conductors.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
On September 1–2, 1859, one of the largest recorded geomagnetic storms (as recorded by ground-based magnetometers) occurred. Auroras were seen around the world, those in the northern hemisphere as far south as the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. People in the northeastern United States could read a newspaper by the aurora's light. The aurora was visible as far from the poles as Sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Mauritania, perhaps Monrovia, Liberia), Monterrey and Tampico in Mexico, Queensland, Cuba, Hawaii, and even at lower latitudes very close to the equator, such as in Colombia
Wikipedia: Solar storm of 1859.
Also called the Carrington Event, an X class solar flare hit the earth. There was so much energy it travelled through telegraph wires causing several station to catch fire. That is what the EO is about. Not an EMP. In the link they estimate it would cause "0.6 - 2.6 trillion dollars" in damages if it hit today (same source).
I think it is pretty wise to create power transformers at today's prices because it is not a question of "if" another Carrington Event will hit but "when". All the satellites would be toast which is probably a cool trillion right there.