Originally posted by superman2012
reply to post by Hijinx
An EMP would fry all circuitry whether grid connected or not (unless shielded) and it works by line of sight. So you have one high up, it will affect
everything it can "see". The lower it is, the less it will harm...unless it takes out a power station causing blackouts everywhere, but, from a map
I have seen of NK at night, they already are blacked out.
Few problems here. The best man made EMP's are created from high altitude nuclear detonations. Using a nuke as a weapon anywhere, even as a tool for
an EMP is going to cause serious global turmoil. Too many nuclear parties in the world to risk using a nuclear device to produce a significant EMP.
This type of EMP is at a specific altitude based on yield. Too high, no effects will reach the ground, too low, you may not get an EMP and you will
irradiate the # out of your target area.
You also seem to be comparing Solar based EMP's with, the emp military tech can produce. I have heard there are other ways of creating an emp sans
Nuclear fission, but again the order of charge and frequency is not going to fry the infrastructure. In fact most emp based weapons serve their
purpose best against long wires, antennas, and unprotected devices that are running at the time of the emp. If you happen to have a surge protector it
will not fry your device. It will trip fuse boxes, it will fry high voltage wires, radio and radar antenna that are unprotected, but it is not on the
order you are imagining.
There seems to be a lot of this on ATS. If you could really set off an EMP and throw a nation into the stone age it would be done with NK, it would be
done with Iran, it would be done with pretty much anyone that gets out of line. 0 loss of life, and an absolute win for those who use it.
It just doesn't work that way. I hear this with the threat of ballistic missiles " Oh we will just set off an EMP and they will be useless." No,
even that rudimentary metal hull on the missile is enough to shield it from minor to moderate emp's. That's basically the concept behind a farraday
cage. A closed metal hull surrounding the object you want to protect. The current runs along the outside of the object, and the inside is fine. Yes,
in some cases if there is contact between the case and the sensitive electronics the current could cause problems, but you have to insulate that area
anyways so you don't short out the electronics while they operate.
The order of Solar flare based emp's and man made emp's are so far apart it's apples and oranges.
You could take the Tsar bomba up a few miles and still not produce the power of a solar(from the sun) emp, and there are ways to shield our tech from
even those mighty blasts.
Again, EMP's have the most effect on long lines, antennas, and sensitive instruments that are operating at the time of the EMP.