Tuesday, January 04, 2005


In Case You're Feeling Too Upbeat

Cheerful attitudes can be cured by reading The Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack. It would appear that the interesting technical details are classified (per PDF page 57) - there's no detail of the potential effects of EMP - and frankly, it would appear that the members of the Commission don't really know how to deal with the threat much beyond "hope the backup systems work" (I wonder how the generator for the average cell-phone tower will work after getting hit with a fast-rising 100kV/m pulse) and "plan to bring the systems back up slowly". I think someone would be better-served by stocking up on surge protectors, because a sufficiently-sized pile of fried surge protectors can be burned for heat while waiting weeks, months, or years for power to be restored.

While we're on the topic of blast effects, check this out.

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