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Originally posted by JohhnyBGood
Well - guess there nothing to worry about then!
Unready For This Attack
By Jon Kyl Saturday, April 16, 2005; Page A19
Recently a Senate Judiciary subcommittee of which I am chairman held a hearing on a major threat to the American people, one that could come not only from terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda but from rogue nations such as Iran and North Korea. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the American homeland, said one of the distinguished scientists who testified at the hearing, is one of only a few ways that the United States could be defeated by its enemies -- terrorist or otherwise.
And it is probably the easiest. A single Scud missile, carrying a single nuclear weapon, detonated at the appropriate altitude, would interact with the Earth's atmosphere, producing an electromagnetic pulse radiating down to the surface at the speed of light. Depending on the location and size of the blast, the effect would be to knock out already stressed power grids and other electrical systems across much or even all of the continental United States, for months if not years.
Originally posted by xXxinfidelxXx
reply to post by milkyway12
decade-long rustout period which has weakened it's overall combat effectiveness significantly as a result of their illegal wars.
Originally posted by Ilyich
reply to post by AwakeinNM
You missed the main point to this. The warhead has to be detonated at a high altitude to react with Earth's Ionosphere I believe? By doing so the potential to release an enormous amount of electrical energy is there. It has nothing to do with the Nuclear blast hurting you, but rather a chain reaction by the EMP caused by the warhead, disturbing the vasts amounts of energy trapped in earth's atmosphere( which is Massive mind you.) Causing an EMP that would emanate down to the Earth. Ionosphere extremely high charge(-) the ground + if you understand anything of batteries or other electrical systems electrons want to find a balance and will flow to the " Ground " If you say made an EMP which would direct some of the energy downwards you would get one hell of a lightning bolt, how ever it likely won't travel the 1000+ miles to the ground instead you would get an EMP large enough to potentially # all of North America. This would require lots of testing far beyond NK piddly 1000s of feet rocket launch..... I do not know if anyone has done a succesfull nuclear induced Ionosphere EMP, I'm going to search. Famous scientist who wanted to tap into this trillions of Gigavolts source of energy was nikola tesla... It's actually probably easy to find if you search the vast energies that exist above our heads.
Originally posted by SimonPeter
reply to post by AwakeinNM
Everyone knows that an EMP weapon will devastate the infrastructure necessary for normal life and food procurement . Our electrical infrastructure contrary to popular belief is not fully protected against an EMP attack . A lightning strike is a local event and most of it can be bled off to ground but your home will receive a voltage spike that will burn up your electronics if not burning down your house . An EMP strike affects a ll of the millions of miles of electrical grids and will over power the whole system and cause wide spread damage to equipment . For example with our already overtaxed electrical grid a simple lightning strike will blow transformers , relays and such . With a nation wide failure and only a few critical replacement materials and equipment how long will it take to replace all the transformers , relays and generation equipment . Will you be able to procure food and water and what ever you need until the Line Men can get to your neighborhood . Then what about your electronics , car and other means of transportation ? Because our whole country and most of the North American Continent has been knocked out how long will it take to fix the factories that will then replace the burned out electronics ?
If launched into space as a research satellite like North Korea might do but then blow the weapon over us in space how can we defend that ? We can not ! It's serious !
Originally posted by whoshotJR
Originally posted by princeofpeace
EMP is not a weapon its a by product of nuclear explosion. Folks keep throwing around the term EMP like its a weapon by itself. By default any country who has nukes can produce an Electro Magnetic Pulse by detonating it in the atmosphere.
Sorry but no. You can create an EMP without using a nuke, a search on the internet and some shopping around town would net you everything you need to take out a city.
Its actually amazing to me that it hasn't happened yet. You don't need a missile, you could put it in a van and park it in a major metro city and nobody would even know where it came from.