posted on Oct, 5 2005 @ 01:04 AM
An electrical attack of mass destruction may be called an EMP attack. A single Scud missile detonated in the air could wipe out electronics across
the US and another could do the same for Europe. Considering that terrorists may be contemplating or even working on plans along with such nations as
Iran or North Korea, I'm wondering if we should be considering plans to alleviate the destructive power of such an attack in our homes or
I believe the US and West are highly vulnerable to such an attack and we as a nation are not even considering this to be a very valid concern at the
moment. It could come back to really bite us if it ever happens. If such an attack occurred, here is what I envision occurring for most. A wave of
electrons from the blast in the air spreads out across the nation. Electrical grids go down and stay down for weeks or months. Most computer and
electronic chips are destroyed. Computer data is corrupted. Most cars will not run. Gas and water will be unavailable without power. Retail stores
can not operate cash registers to sell goods and your bank data was all stored on computer somewhere. ATM's won't work of course. Our home pc's
will be fried even after we get power back on.
Now I know some are very concerned about such an attack but should we worry as a nation or do something about it? Can we do much about it? Is the
threat of cheap EMP weapons going to be a very real threat in the near future? If anyone has some insight I would like to hear it.
Links: from How Stuff Works - The Electromagnetic Bomb
Effects of an E-bomb
I started wondering about EMP bombs since I was wondering if a small one could be used to neutralize a dirty bomb in a city when we didn't know
exactly where it was in the city. If the US government detonated a small E-bomb to have city wide effects to save the people of the city, the people
would not suffer due to a dirty bomb but would suffer due to the small E-bomb.
Links to site suggesting Iran is planning an EMP attack
Do we as a nation need to take the threat of E-bombs more seriously?
Even little steps such as keeping hardcopies of computer data may be big steps in the aftermath of such a disaster or attack. Maybe we need shielded
generators for use at water pumping stations and at gas stations. A little bit of insurance in case this attack occurs may really help.
[edit on 5-10-2005 by orionthehunter]