We haven’t talked about solar flares which most scientists consider a growing threat. A solar flare may also cause a loss of electricity and these effects could be world wide. Solar storms would primarily affect the power grid, and are not likely to harm things like computers. Solar storms would only disrupt communications temporarily, and would not be likely to cause direct harm to communications equipment except for satellites which are outside of the protection of the earth’s atmosphere. An extremely large solar storm could create currents that would destroy a number of the large transformers on the power grid, again this could be world wide. If this should happen electric power could be out in some areas for a period of years.
The last solar storm that could have caused this level of damage happened in 1859, before the power grid was in place. A smaller solar storm occurred in 1921 which did wipe out much of the power grid at the time. We have not had a large solar storm since the modern grid has been in place. The grid is very fragile when considering a solar storm and is not protected against one.
Just as with a devastating earthquake in California it is not a matter of if but when another large storm will happen. Many scientists believe conditions are ripe for one within the next two years.
While communications may be better after a solar storm with the gird destroyed all of the other scenarios we discussed after an EMP attack will be in play. There will be a lack of food and clean water, a damaged transportation system, banks closed, jobs gone, anything that is dependent on electricity could be lost to us for a time.
We are not crazy or paranoid to be discussing these possibilities. We are just trying to be as well informed as possible so we can deal with anything that is thrown our way. Just imagine how different the outcome could have been after the 1906 earthquake in San Fransisco if people had been prepared. Did you know that there were those in the fire department who tried to get city officials to put in a better water delivery system in case of a city wide fire. The plan was being implemented but few believed the risk was real and inferior materials were used, because those in charge saw a way to make money. When the earthquake and resulting fires happened the water was turned on but the system failed and the city burned.
Next week we will being discussing the specific ways in which we should prepare to return to life as it was for our pioneer fore fathers, just in case…
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