How A North Korean EMP Attack Could Kill Millions And Turn America Into A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

This is why North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is so important.  North Korea had test fired a total of 22 missiles so far this year, but this latest one showed that nobody on the globe is out of their reach.  In fact, General Mattis is now admitting that “North Korea can basically threaten everywhere in the world”, and that includes the entire continental United States.  In addition to hitting individual cities with nukes, there is also the possibility that someday North Korea could try to take down the entire country with an EMP attack. 

If the North Koreans detonated a single nuclear warhead several hundred miles above the center of the country, it would destroy the power grid and fry electronics from coast to coast.

I would like you to think about what that would mean for a few moments.  Suddenly there would be no power at home, at work or at school.  Since nearly all of our vehicles rely on computerized systems, you wouldn’t be able to go anywhere and nobody would be able to get to you.  And you wouldn’t be able to contact anyone because all phones would be dead.  Basically, pretty much everything electronic would be dead.  I am talking about computers, televisions, GPS devices, ATMs, heating and cooling systems, refrigerators, credit card readers, gas pumps, cash registers, hospital equipment, traffic lights, etc.

For the first couple of days life would continue somewhat normally, but then people would soon start to realize that the power isn’t coming back on and panic would begin to erupt.

The intercontinental ballistic missile that North Korea just launched traveled almost 1,000 kilometers and reached a maximum altitude of 4,500 kilometers.  We have been told for decades that this would never be allowed to happen, but now it has happened

This is concerning for one big reason: according to General Mattis, the North Korean ICBM “went higher, frankly, than any previous” and “North Korea can basically threaten everywhere in the world.”

 

This was confirmed by North Korea missile analyst, Shea Cotton, who cited Allthingsnuclear author David Wright, and who told the BBC that the initial estimates of the ICBM test mean that North Korea can now reach New York and Washington DC.

If we had been working hard to develop our anti-missile technology all these years, this wouldn’t be a problem.

But at this point we are way behind the Russians in this regard, and there is a very real possibility that a missile launched by the North Koreans could make it through the very limited anti-missile defenses that we do have.

Once upon a time, discussions about a North Korean EMP threat were mostly hypothetical, but now that has completely changed.  North Korea has clearly demonstrated that they are able to deliver such an attack, and last September Kim Jong Un publicly admitted that North Korea intended to develop this capability

But most reporters missed a key threat that appeared at the bottom of Kim’s public statement, when he bragged that North Korea had harnessed “a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack according to strategic goals.”

 

So now we know. Launching an electromagnetic pulse attacks against its enemies is one of North Korea’s strategic goals. And for North Korea, the United States is the top enemy.

And like I said earlier, all it would take would be a single well placed nuclear detonation to fry electronics from coast to coast.  The following comes from the Daily Mail

Theoretically, a sufficiently powerful bomb detonated at an altitude of 249 miles would wipe out all electronics in the US, save the southernmost top of Florida and the easternmost states – as well as affecting Canada and Mexico.

Without power, nothing would get distributed.  That means that very rapidly there would be no food, no water and no medicine available in your community.  An article posted by Fox News this week used the term “post-apocalyptic” to describe what we would be facing…

It all starts to sound very post-apocalyptic when you realize this means no lights or other electric-powered devices in homes and businesses, no water filtration, no regional food hubs, no transportation grid – none of the things we take for granted in modern civilization.

Like I stated earlier, things would be relatively fine for a few days, but then once everyone realizes that the power isn’t coming back on there would be chaos on a scale unlike anything we have ever seen before.  The following comes from an article by Mac Slavo

The first 24 – 48 hours after such an occurrence will lead to confusion among the general population as traditional news acquisition sources like television, radio and cell phone networks will be non-functional.

 

Within a matter of days, once people realize the power might not be coming back on and grocery store shelves start emptying, the entire system will begin to delve into chaos.

 

Within 30 days a mass die off will have begun as food supplies dwindle, looters and gangs turn to violent extremes, medicine can’t be restocked and water pump stations fail.

So what kind of a “mass die off” would we be talking about?

Well, some of the top experts in the field believe that “up to 90 percent of all Americans” could end up dead if the power outage lasted long enough…

William Graham, chairman of the former EMP commission and its former chief of staff, Peter Vincent Pry, warned the hearing that such an attack could “shut down the US electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90 percent of all Americans.

Others believe that the figure would be lower, but pretty much everyone agrees that the death toll would be in the millions.

This is one of our greatest strategic vulnerabilities, and our power grid could be hardened against an EMP attack for just a few billion dollars.  This is something that I am pushing very hard for, but right now it is just not a priority for our leaders in Washington.

In fact, they have actually pulled funding from the commission that was looking into the EMP threat…

On Sept. 30, the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat of Electromagnetic Pulse to the United States of America shut its doors after a failure to secure funding from Congress.

Sometimes I find it difficult to come up with the words to describe how incredibly foolish Congress is being.

An EMP attack is a greater threat than ever before, and yet Congress didn’t even want to come up with a little bit of funding for the commission that was working on a plan to protect us.

This is yet another example that shows that we need new leadership on Capitol Hill, because right now the people that we have “representing” us in Washington seem to be completely and utterly clueless about almost everything.

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Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

Comments

The Alarmist HopefulCynical Thu, 11/30/2017 - 06:44 Permalink

"If the North Koreans detonated a single nuclear warhead several hundred miles above the center of the country, it would destroy the power grid and fry electronics from coast to coast."

Yeah, I called bullshit before and I'll call it again. It would knock out a good chunk of the power transmission network and fry electronics connected to it or other long wires that would conduct the pulse to the sensitive components. Things like mobiles, which operate at microwave frequencies and have very short leads and antennae, would likely come through unharmed. Car systems may or may not be taken out, owing largely to things like sensor-lead lengths, but you won't find petrol.

So you would have a bunch of whining boomers sitting and stewing in un-airconditioned homes with no televisions. Millenials would still have selfie-cameras, but probably no net access. Denizens of the inner-cities would simply continue to be themselves, sans their own iToys. Sounds like a perfect set of conditions for total social unrest.

As for mass starvation, the folks in more rural parts of fly-over will lose a few pounds, but the city-denizens will starve. I'm not sure that this is not a good outcome.

Come on lil' Kim ... hit us with your best shot.

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PT The Alarmist Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

Would a NorK EMP attack be worse than an Iranian EMP attack?  What about a Syrian EMP attack?  What about a Israeli EMP attack or a Saudi EMP attack or a Russian EMP attack or a Iraqi EMP attack or an Afghani EMP attack or a Swedish EMP attack or a German EMP attack or a Ukrainian (pre or post - coup) EMP attack or a French, English, Spanish, Albanian, Turkish, Nigerian, Botswanan, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Javanese, Phillipino, Indonesian, Malaysian, Italian, Yemeni, Egyptian, Tibetan, Pakistani, Brazilian, Mexican, Argentinian or Outerbumfuckian EMP attack?  You mean lil Kim is the only one in the whole wide world with tech, means and will to carry out an EMP attack?  I wonder if he'll do it by putting an EMP weapon on a plane and flying it into a building.  Just becoz, you know, how else would he do it?  Yeah, I understand he has the missiles now but he might get nostalgic or perhaps want to save a few bucks on delivery systems. Coz obviously the only possible method of destroying a cuntry these days is by EMP attacks, or nukes but now mainly EMP attacks and no-one else in the whole wide world would even contemplate EMPing the US ... okay, maybe I got carried away with the plane-into-building thingy.  Obviously he'd like to show off his new toys, not copy someone else's idea.... and King Kong, I mean Kim Yong Bundy has fallen out of the ring, and what is this???  He's going UNDER the ring!  And what has he found under there?  An EMP weapon???  Oh no!  Who left such a dangerous contraption under there?  I wonder what he plans to do with it...When are the Iranians planning on unveiling their EMP weapon to the world?  Next week?  Or did they do a deal with the NorKs?  "Okay, you get the EMP and we'll have the nukes." ...

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Majestic12 PT Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:59 Permalink

"EMP"

My ass.

All of your "smart" appliances and the entire "smart grid" is tech talk for "kill switch"...

Anyone in electronics knows this to be true. "Backdoors" have been quietly incorporated over the last 20 years in every piece of electricity supply hardware and wiring (like AFCI-when the "arc" is merely the frequency of the "kill" signal).

Its the grand facade, the ultimate false flag...starts the SHTF party so we will all rush to accept their "solution" ...yep, the NWO.

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Retired Guy The Alarmist Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:44 Permalink

Poo poo at your own risk folks. According to my electrical engineering friends, it is easier to EMP in space than to do a reentry bomb. It is therefore the most likely attack. It will take 2 bombs to cover the US. 90% die off seems very likely assuming trucks and tractor electronics are killed. We won't be able to farm without horses. Submersible well pumps would surely die leaving you very thirsty unless you have a spring. City folks would be desperately hungry, thirsty, well armed and a real problem for a while.I think that invasion stuff is bunk. The military is more prepared than the rest of us. Besides with 90% die off it would be called humanitarian aid if somebody shipped us some machines that worked. At that point, who runs the government would be the least of our worries.

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Majestic12 The Alarmist Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:59 Permalink

"EMP"

My ass.

All of your "smart" appliances and the entire "smart grid" is tech talk for "kill switch"...

Anyone in electronics knows this to be true. "Backdoors" have been quietly incorporated over the last 20 years in every piece of electricity supply hardware and wiring (like AFCI-when the "arc" is merely the frequency of the "kill" signal).

Its the grand facade, the ultimate false flag...starts the SHTF party so we will all rush to accept their "solution" ...yep, the NWO.

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Majestic12 HopefulCynical Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:58 Permalink

"EMP"

My ass.

All of your "smart" appliances and the entire "smart grid" is tech talk for "kill switch"...

Anyone in electronics knows this to be true. "Backdoors" have been quietly incorporated over the last 20 years in every piece of electricity supply hardware and wiring (like AFCI-when the "arc" is merely the frequency of the "kill" signal).

Its the grand facade, the ultimate false flag...starts the SHTF party so we will all rush to accept their "solution" ...yep, the NWO.

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Majestic12 Zen Xenu Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:58 Permalink

"EMP"

My ass.

All of your "smart" appliances and the entire "smart grid" is tech talk for "kill switch"...

Anyone in electronics knows this to be true. "Backdoors" have been quietly incorporated over the last 20 years in every piece of electricity supply hardware and wiring (like AFCI-when the "arc" is merely the frequency of the "kill" signal).

Its the grand facade, the ultimate false flag...starts the SHTF party so we will all rush to accept their "solution" ...yep, the NWO.

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Majestic12 NumberNone Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:57 Permalink

"EMP"

My ass.

All of your "smart" appliances and the entire "smart grid" is tech talk for "kill switch"...

Anyone in electronics knows this to be true. "Backdoors" have been quietly incorporated over the last 20 years in every piece of electricity supply hardware and wiring (like AFCI-when the "arc" is merely the frequency of the "kill" signal).

Its the grand facade, the ultimate false flag...starts the SHTF party so we will all rush to accept their "solution" ...yep, the NWO.

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Cloud9.5 UmbilicalMosqu… Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:05 Permalink

Sorry, I had to bite.  One of my mulato students told me a few years back that she was going to marry a Mexican.  Being of Mexican heritage I found this odd that she would make such a statement to me.  So I asked her why she wanted to marry a Mexican.   She said, “I’m going to marry me somebody who knows how to work.”  She was a very pretty girl, so I doubt she had any difficulty in fulfilling her quest.  If you want to get that old C-J 5 running again, forget about going to Napa or Pep Boys or Auto Zone.  Go to the Mexican parts store.  The owner will tell you which  F-150 carburetor will fit it. When the lights go out you would be wise to work with the people who know how to work.

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FreeMoney Future Jim Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:15 Permalink

This companyhttps://selinc.com/Manufactuers protective relays that are used in almost all of the US power distribution grid.  These devices interrupt the power flow when they detect unusual conditions or fluctuations.  Installed in medium voltage ( <600VAC >25,000VAC ) or in high voltage ( +<25,000VAC) transformers, switches, capacitors or other distribution equipment, they will catch and disrupt EMP, thermal, or voltage conditions...you know... like lightning. Watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6ELdZ1qUlcand dont worry about the power grid so much.  Your laptop however, is toast.

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hibou FreeMoney Thu, 11/30/2017 - 03:07 Permalink

An EMP destructive power is propagated by induction. Transmission lines are mostly delta formation and therefore could be protected.The issue is the distributed transmission at the transformers that step down using 4 wire systems (neutral). The inductive pulse would radiate out and find all the neutrals.  Result is the HV systems may not suffer as much, but the local distribution is at high risk.We had a reflective fault caused by HV switching that radiated to our house because the utility company has a run to failure maintenance policy. The utility neutrals were all high resistance (bad), and we got hammered. After fighting with them for 18 months and exposing a lying cover up they paid compensation.This is a very common issue!  

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aurum4040 Gen. Ripper Thu, 11/30/2017 - 02:39 Permalink

Where do you get your 'scientific data'? You ever hear of Starfish Prime? You realize how much more powerful Nukes are today vs. 60 years ago? You do realize the grid is basically the same as its been over the last 100 years right? There are pockets of improvements but they dont matter when the rest of the grid doesnnt have them. The post above about it is complete bullshit. If you are in the hotzone, nothing absolutely nothing will save electronics. Any electronic. If you are outside of it, it is possible to protect things....Overall, you have no idea what your up against. Comparing 1 lighting strike to a well designed emp nuke is like comparing an m80 to 80 tons of TNT. Do you recall how the Russians pulled an EMP FLYBY with a MiG over a US naval vessel a few years ago? Shut the entire ship down. With a device on a Mig. And you think a well designed nemp cant shut our grid down? Or a good portion of it? Think again. Out of your league. 

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Gen. Ripper aurum4040 Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:19 Permalink

It’s not scientific data - it’s physics. I design faraday cages used by telecom and utilities to protect against lightning. EMP - E refers to electricity, M refers to a magnetic wave. Electro-Magnetic is a fancy term for radio or RF. RF energy naturally dissipates even in a vacuum. Your reference to a US military vessel being shut down by a Russian EW MIG clearly illustrates that point. The aircraft had to be transmitting specific spectrum, with high gain antennae polarized to effectively couple the energy on the target all performed dangerously close to the US vessel in order to have the desired effect.

Blasting a single nuclear device, even a fancy designed EMP, isn’t going destroy all electronics just because it sounds scary. But even if I showed my math most dumbasses on this site wouldn’t understand or believe it anyhow so, I’m wasting my own energy again it seems.

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kellys_eye jaxville Thu, 11/30/2017 - 03:26 Permalink

There's a saying that goes something like "we're only three hot meals from anarchy" that illustrates the mentality and incapability of a high proportion of people to look after themselves in the event of national emergencies - like a regional blackout.Heck, some sections of society use even a couple of hours of blackout to 'take advantage'..... and that's for localised outages!Tests have shown that a large scale blackout (county/state) may take days, weeks even, to fully restore power but if the populace can't be made to understand the difficulties of fixing such problems and take matters into their own hands then you have the anarchy that such an event may bring about.One carefully selected sub station is all it needs - never mind a nuke, a petrol bomb could do it. 

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greenskeeper carl VWAndy Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:01 Permalink

This may seem like a minor thing in the greater scheme of things, but a nuclear weapon detonated high above the US isn't going to kill your car, of most of the things in your house. Your car isn't likely to just die while it's being driven, especially if you aren't directly under the detonation. The power grid is the big vulnerability. Now, you won't be able to get gas for it anymore, and things in our house won't work without electricity, obviously. But, it's not just going to fry everything.

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GUS100CORRINA VWAndy Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:01 Permalink

How A North Korean EMP Attack Could Kill Millions And Turn America Into A Post-Apocalyptic WastelandMy response: This is a REAL threat from ANYONE with means who wants to destroy America.So what is our government doing to "RADHARDEN" the GRID and other VITAL SYSTEMS???Let's be PROACTIVE and get ahead of this THREAT!!!!!"OBOZO" did nothing to protect America during his 8 years as POTUS. Let's correct that now.

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jaxville GUS100CORRINA Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:59 Permalink

 Heck.... I don't know whatever became of the civil defense program.  I got an excellent deal on several refurbished Geiger counters that were originally built to protect citizens but now dumped as surplus. I would be really surprised to learn that they were actually replaced.  BTW ..... Why would NK do that?  They surely know that their country would be turned into a radioactive wasteland inhabited by a handful of mutants. 

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wren VWAndy Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:59 Permalink

Bad article. A nuke off the west coast wouldn't only fry the coasts power grid, it would also send nuclear fallout from 50+ nuclear power plants across the country. No more US. Would be like combining Chernoble with Fukishima and multiplying it by 1000.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Rusty Shorts Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:22 Permalink

Plenty of deer / pigeon / raccoon / possum / Norway rat in my area. I have been scoping out roosting sites for the pigeon for a few years. Airgun is quiet, easy way to take a bird.

If you want to watch pros in action, go to Squirrel Hunter's Utube channel. Two brothers in the UK that are professional vermin control. Amazing when you see how you can spec out an air gun to that level.

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