posted on Apr, 19 2012 @ 12:28 PM
The way EMP is being depicted here is not exactly the way it works.
The effect EMP has on electronic devices depends greatly on how large of an "antenna" (for lack of a better word at this time) a device has to collect
the EMP. By most standards I have read, a device needs around a 3m "antenna" to collect enough EMP to start destroying electronics.
Most household electronics would be destroyed because they are plugged into the electrical grid, that is quite a large "antenna"!!
If one had enough warning to put stuff in a microwave oven (which in theory should work, just unplug it first.
), one could also go around and
unplug everything else thus effectively reducing the amount of EMP those devices receive exponentially.
There is also some question as to how EMP would effect electronic ignitions, as they are already shielded to some degree. Remember, it is the job of
the electronic ignition to generate electrical impulses in the 10,000 to 20,000+ volt range, so it already has to withstand some degree of EMP to
operate. That said, the car body that it is grounded to has a awful lot of metal surface area to collect EMP. So, much of it would be dependent on
distance and whatever barriers exist between the car and the initial blast point.
I guess what i am trying to say is that it is not so black and white, there are multiple factors involved and quite honestly not enough real world
examples to draw hard conclusions on.
edit on 19-4-2012 by Dreamwatcher because: (no reason given)