Is The World About To Be Knocked Back To The 18th Century? Some Experts Think So
Nearly every nation exists in constant fear that a rogue power (like Iran or North Korea) could someday explode a nuclear missile over their territory, with the resultant electromagnetic pulse (EMP) wiping out nearly all modern technology. The good news is that great powers like the United States have at least some capability to defend against such attacks.
But no nation on earth can withstand a major EMP event that came from out of this world – as in, the sun. As it stands, there are some experts who believe just such an event is not merely likely, but on the way.
As reported by the UK’s Express, experts believe there is a one in eight chance that earth will be hit by a major solar storm before 2020, which would wipe out nearly all technology that is not hardened against EMP events – so, pretty much every piece of technology that is not owned and operated by governments.
The report noted further:
Researchers have warned that there is roughly a 12 per cent chance that a solar storm could smash into Earth by the end of the decade.
The powerful event would likely be as huge as the Carrington Event, which occurred on 1859.
The solar storm which hit 150 years ago was so powerful that its southern auroras could be seen as far north as Queensland in Australia.
Today, in a modern world so dependent on technology, the implications would be far more severe.
Far more, indeed. Not much in the way of electronic technology existed the year before the American Civil War began. Everything tech would be affected – Internet service, GPS navigation, satellite TV and mobile phone signal.
The Express noted further:
Additionally, increased currents in the Earth’s magnetic field – or magnetosphere – could theoretically lead to a surge of electricity in power lines, which can blow out electrical transformers and power stations leading to a temporary loss of electricity in a region.