Solar Flare Activity: Electromagnetic Pulse Barely Misses Earth's Orbit; Has Strength to 'Knock Out' Power, Cars, Iphones
Aug 03, 2013 08:41 AM EDT
Earth just missed a massive solar flare about two weeks ago, an "electromagnetic pulse" caused power outage and "knocked out" cars all throughout the United States, according to the Washington Examiner.
The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) flashed through earth's orbit around the sun about two weeks before earth did.
"The world escaped an EMP catastrophe," Henry Cooper, who led strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan, and who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defense, told the Examiner.
According to the Examiner, an 1859 EMP named after astronomer Richard Carrington that "melted telegraph lines in Europe and North America."
"Basically this is a Russian roulette thing," Peter Vincent Pry, who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission from 2001-2008, told the Examiner. "We narrowly escape from a Carrington-class disaster."
Pry, Cooper, and former CIA Director James Woolsey reportedly demanded Washington to prepare an electric grid for an EMP, rom the sun or an enemy's nuclear bomb.
"They want the 2,000-3,000 transformers in the grid protected with a high-tech metal box and spares ready to rebuild the system," according to the Examiner. "Woolsey said knocking out just 20 would shut down electricity to parts of the nation for a long time."
However, Washington reportedly is not paying attention to the potential threat. Woolsey told the Examiner the "Air Force One and aircraft used by the Strategic Air Command to control nuclear-tipped missiles are hardened against an EMP."
According to the Examiner, EMP effect is not rare and occurred in Canada in 1989, "knocking out" Quebec's electric transmission system. North Korea is reportedly testing a device to attack the U.S. with an EMP attack.
Woolsey, Pry and Cooper spoke to Washington about their concerns, but are reportedly having a difficult time explaining the gravity of the threat.
"The education curve isn't going up fast enough," Pry said.