Whether through a terrorist EMP or a solar flare, it’s said up to 90% of the American population could perish should the grid go offline. Furthermore, if a terrorist wanted to knock it out, all that needs to be done is taking out only nine substations (See also HERE). America has become so vulnerable and the people so blind.
(NaturalNews) One morning in September, 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington sat in his private observatory, drawing pictures of sunspots using a telescope which projected an image of the sun onto a screen.
As he drew and observed, there suddenly appeared a brilliant flash of white light on the surface of the sun. Startled, he ran to find witnesses to what he realized was a very unusual event, but by the time he returned, the massive solar flare that Carrington observed had mostly dissipated.
From the NASA website:
[T]elegraph systems worldwide went haywire. Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire. Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.
If a solar flare of such magnitude hit the earth now with a gigantic burst of charged particles — and scientist say it is a matter of “when,” not “if” — our electrical grid would almost certainly be disabled, if not completely destroyed.
The scary truth is that experts believe that it could take years — possibly up to a decade — to repair the system.
From a report posted by Bloomberg Business:
A disturbance of the magnitude of the 1859 Carrington Event, which caused the failure of telegraph systems in North America and Europe, could cost $1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year and take four to 10 years to recover from, according to a National Research Council report.
In February of this year, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) was launched and soon will be in position to begin observing the sun from its orbit between the earth and the sun. The observatory will be used as part of a system created by the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center to warn “power companies, airlines and other susceptible industries about potentially adverse conditions.”
Experts say the observatory will give the grid operators time to shut down the grid to protect it in the case of a massive solar flare. But this warning will come only one hour before the flare hits the earth’s magnetic field, so many are skeptical about it making much difference.
The sobering reality is that the majority of the U.S. population is totally unprepared for such a scenario, particularly those living in large cities.
The only protection is to become as self-sufficient as possible, and this is crucial not only because of the threat of solar flares, but also a number of other possible scenarios in which we can no longer depend on the grid.
Full article: Are you ready for a 10 years with no power grid? Massive solar flare could cause decade-long blackout (Natural News)