“This is clearly not something you ever want to experience.”
John Kappenman, Owner and Principal Consultant for Storm Analysis Consultants, graduate in Electrical Engineering, and expert in space weather and EMP impacts on electrical power grids, has issued his warning – beware the sun’s next, inevitable, large coronal mass ejection (CME)!
What are we talking about? We’re talking about an eruption of sun power (or from a nuclear-triggered EMP wave). (Get the EMP threat report.) Kappenman explained in an interview that civilization as we know it has never been faced with a problem of this magnitude. It’s not if – it’s when.
First – what IS a coronal mass ejection? According to wiki:
Coronal mass ejections release huge quantities of matter, magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation into space above the sun’s surface, either near the corona or farther into the planet system or beyond (interplanetary CME). Current knowledge of coronal mass ejection kinematics indicates that the ejection starts with an initial pre-acceleration phase characterized by a slow rising motion, followed by a period of rapid acceleration away from the Sun until a near-constant velocity is reached.
….. huh? Who cares? What matters is we’re all gonna die! Well, not everyone, but MILLIONS (actually, we WILL all die, being mortal and all, but that’s a subject for another day). Large CMEs have hit before – and will hit again!
“But wait” you say, “why didn’t millions die before, Ranger Man, or shall we call you ‘Mr. Man’ – hmmm? Hmmm!?”
Don’t ask me, ask Mr. Kappenman, he’s the all knowing EMP/space weather guru. Wait, someone else already asked him. Here’s his response:
Never before has civilization faced what could be coming, because historic storms hit before people were so dependent on electricity and all that it does, from turning on a cell phone to powering the pumps fueling the transportation system to keeping food from spoiling.
In other words, when it happened in the past, it didn’t matter. People were farming, canning food, not reliant on computers, vehicles and refrigerators (keep food cool after doomsday). He goes on:
“The severity of the storm we’re talking about here [could produce] widespread massive damage to the power grid,” he said. “That could cause maybe a four to 10 year sort of damage to the power grid … and an inability to restore that power grid. This is clearly not something you ever want to experience firsthand, it could lead to millions of casualties,”‘ he said.
“Within a matter of just a few hours, you’d worry about the loss of potable water for major metro areas. You’d lose the ability to pump and treat sewage. Within a matter of a day or so you’d be concerned about the loss of perishable foods. With a few days, you would have exhausted the food supplies available.
“Then within a matter of three days you have probably lost total ability to maintain any sort of telecommunication infrastructure,” he said. “We could be looking at a scenario here that far exceeds the casualties of any war, any natural disaster that humanity has ever experienced. And it may not be limited to North America.”
Four to ten years!? DUDE (or dudette)! How the hell am I supposed to prepare for that!? Yes, I know the theoretical answer: live on a farm with a spring, save seeds, gather all of your friends and have enough munitions to color North Korea green with envy. That’s the theoretical answer, but …. c’mon ….
– Mr. Man
BTW: Don’t believe it didn’t happen before? Witness the Carrington Event of 1859. Quote:
Telegraph systems worldwide went haywire. Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire. Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.