Tarry for the Nonce

November 22, 2005

Your Car Would Stop Too

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:41 pm

As demonstrated in Oceans 11, a properly placed EMP blast can knock out a goodly amount of area.

It’s not fiction.

The United States is highly vulnerable to attack from electronic pulses caused by a nuclear blast in space, according to a new book on threats to U.S. security . . .

An electromagnetic-pulse (EMP) attack uses X-rays and gamma rays produced in a nuclear blast in three separate waves of pulses, each with more damaging effects, and would take months or years to repair, the book states. The damage to unshielded electronics would be irreversible . . .

An EMP attack would damage the national power grid, unprotected computers and all devices containing microchips, from medical instruments to military communications, and knock out electronic systems in cars, airplanes and those used in banking and finance and emergency services . . .

North Korea has been learning about EMP weapons from Russia, which is believed to have worked on EMPs for decades. China is also working on EMP arms, according to a recent Pentagon report.

As for me, I’m just doing my part to keep web-surfing evildoers in the know.



  1. Well Laura, you’re an engineer; do something!

    Comment by Howard — November 23, 2005 @ 8:58 pm

  2. The EMP has made quite a few pop-culture appearances, including Broken Arrow, Goldeneye (where it somehow made a Russian listening post blow up like a fuel depot — amazing stuff), and, of course, Starcraft.

    Comment by Toly — November 25, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

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