A "Super-Powerful" EMP Attack: North Korea's Newest Weapon Against The U.S.
The dynamics of the standoff inbetween the US and North Korea have shifted dramatically in the past week.
Very first, the North began with an unexpectedly acute provocation – launching a missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido – before following that up with its sixth nuclear test. Also, judging by the size the earthquake detected in the country’s mountainous North on Sunday morning, North Korea may have been telling the truth when it said it conducted what it described as its very first hydrogen bomb test.
And while the North bragged about the weapon’s “superb ruinous power” in a TV broadcast, what caught analysts’ attention was a mention of a different tactic: detonating an H-bomb at high altitude to create an electromagnetic pulse that could knock out parts of the US electrical grid.
“North Korea’s threats against the U.S. now include a tactic long discussed by some experts: an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, triggered by a nuclear weapon that would aim to shut down the U.S. electro-stimulation grid.
North Korea’s state news agency made a uncommon reference to the tactic in a Sunday morning release in which the country said it was able to geyser a hydrogen bomb onto a long-range missile. The bomb, North Korea said, ‘is a multifunctional thermonuclear nuke with superb devastating power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack.’”
Unlike a conventional nuke, an EMP blast – think Oceans' eleven – is not directly lethal, and serves mostly to knock out key infrastructure (useful when robbing a casino).
However, it would very likely lead to an unknown number of indirect deaths as hospitals and essential infrastructure lose power.
“The idea of an EMP attack is to detonate a nuclear weapon ems or hundreds of miles above the earth with the aim of knocking out power in much of the U.S. Unlike the U.S. atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, such a weapon wouldn’t directly ruin buildings or kill people. Instead, electromagnetic sways from the nuclear explosion would generate pulses to overwhelm the electrified grid and electronic devices in the same way a lightning surge can demolish equipment.”
In the worst possible script, regional power grids could be offline for months, potentially costing many deaths as people would eventually begin running out of necessities like food and medicine. Lawmakers and the US military have been aware of the EMP threat for many years, according to WSJ. IN a two thousand eight report commissioned by Congress, the authors warned that an EMP attack would lead to “widespread and long-lasting disruption and harm to the critical infrastructures that underpin the fabric of US society.”
In a report published last month, the Hill noted that the North could choose to carry out an EMP attack on Japan or South Korea as a more politically acceptable act of aggression. Such an attack could help the North accomplish its three most-important political goals, the Hill said.
“North Korea has nuclear-armed missiles and satellites potentially capable of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. EMP is considered by many the most politically acceptable use of a nuclear weapon, because the high-altitude detonation (above thirty kilometers) produces no blast, thermal, or radioactive fallout effects harmful to people.
EMP itself is harmless to people, ruining only electronics. But by demolishing electrical grids and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures, the indirect effects of EMP can kill far more people in the long-run than nuclear blasting a city. In this screenplay, North Korea makes an EMP attack on Japan and South Korea to achieve its three most significant foreign policy goals: reunification with South Korea, vengeance upon Japan for World War II, and recognition of North Korea as a world power.”
Scientists very first discovered a hydrogen bomb’s ancillary EMP capabilities after testing one in the Pacific in the early 1960s.
“When the U.S. tested a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific in 1962, it resulted in lights searing out in Honolulu, almost 1,000 miles from the test site. Naturally occurring electromagnetic events on the sun can also disrupt power systems.
A one thousand nine hundred eighty nine blackout in Quebec that came days after powerful explosions on the sun expelled a cloud of charged particles that struck earth’s magnetic field.”
Some experts who spoke with WSJ said it would be unlikely to ensure success during an EMP attack, since the weapon would need to detonate with near flawless accuracy.
“Skeptics generally acknowledge that an EMP attack would be possible in theory, but they say the danger is exaggerated because it would be difficult for an enemy such as North Korea to calibrate the attack to produce maximum harm to the U.S. electrical grid. If it a North Korean bomb exploded away from its target location, it might knock out only a few devices or parts of the grid.”
The North Korea said its hydrogen bomb had explosive power of ems of kilotons to hundreds of kilotons – so of course if it landed to close, or the attack was mishandled in other ways, what was meant to be an EMP attack would result in a nuclear strike. At least one pro said using an EMP attack would make little sense when the North could cause much more destruction with a nuclear ground attack.
“Others say that even if North Korea had the technical capability to supply a bruising electromagnetic pulse, it wouldn’t make strategic sense to use it because Pyongyang could wreak more destruction with a traditional nuclear attack directed at a large city.
A rogue state would choose a “spectacular and direct ground burst in preference to a unreliable and uncertain EMP strike. A weapon of mass destruction is preferable to a weapon of mass disruption,” wrote physicist Yousaf M. Butt in a two thousand ten analysis.”
Fortunately, if US military authorities truly fear an attack, there are some long-term steps the US could take to minimize the effectiveness of an electromagnetic pulse attack. Defenses could be bolstered inexpensively by designing electrical-grid components to withstand unexpected pulses, just as the grid already is protected against lightning strikes. The US could also build backup systems that could step in for the principal electrical grids in an emergency.
If the North’s latest nuclear test, conducted early Sunday, didn’t involve a hydrogen bomb, the weapon used was at least close to it according to US officials. It was the North’s very first nuclear test since late last year, and also the very first since tensions inbetween Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump began escalating shortly after his inauguration. China, Japan, South Korea and the US have already condemned the attack, with China and South Korea menacing to work with the Security Council to bring more onerous sanctions against the provoking North.
Meantime, President Donald Trump in a series of tweets hinted that he was frustrated with diplomatic measures, which he referred to as “appeasement.” We imagine there are more than a few generals purring in his ear about the potential success rate of a surgical strike.
Eventually, here is a repost from July 2014, in which hedge fund legend Paul Singer, head of Elliott Management, said that "there is one risk that stands way above the rest in terms of the scope of potential harm adjusted for the likelihood of occurrence" – an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). Three years he may be proven correct.
EMP: THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DANGER
While these pages are typically overflowing with scary or depressing scripts, there is one risk that stands way above the rest in terms of the scope of potential harm adjusted for the likelihood of occurrence. Even nuclear war is a relatively localized issue, except in its most extreme form. And the threat from asteroids can (possibly) be mitigated.
The risks associated with electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, represent another story entirely. It can occur naturally, from solar storms that send “coronal mass ejections,” which are massive spirited bursts of solar wind, ems of millions of miles in a mere few hours. Or it can be artificial, produced by a high-altitude (at least fifteen miles) explosion of relatively low-yield (even Hiroshima-strength) nuclear weapons.
Different initiators of EMP have different pulses and different effects. But the bottom line is that EMP fries electronic devices, including parts of electrical grids. In 1859, a particularly strong solar disturbance (the “Carrington Event”) caused disruption to the nascent telegraph network. It happened again with similar disruptions in 1921, before our modern power grid came into existence. A NASA investigate concluded these events have typically occurred around once per century. A repeat of the Carrington Event today would cause a massive disruption to the electrified grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences.
Only two years ago, the sun let liberate with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of extra events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think.
The artificial version of EMP, a kind of nuclear attack, would require inbetween one and three high-altitude nuclear explosions to create its effect across all of North America. It would not cause any blast or radiation harm, but such an attack would have consequences even more catastrophic than a severe solar storm. It could not only bring down the grid, but also lay down a very intense, very rapid pulse across the continent, hurting or demolishing electronic switches, devices, computers and transformers across America.
There is no way to stop a naturally occurring EMP, and nuclear proliferation, combined with advances in weapons delivery systems, make the artificial version a distinct possibility, so the dangers are very real.
What can be done about this risk? Critical elements of the power grid and essential electronic devices can be hardened. Spare parts can be stockpiled for other, less critical hardware. Procedures can be developed as part of emergency preparedness so that the relevant government agencies and emergency response NGOs are ready to react quickly and effectively to an gig large or petite.
Why are we writing about EMP? Because in any analysis of societal risk, EMP stands all by itself. Congressional committees are studying this problem, and federal legislation is laboriously working its way through the process. We think that raising people’s consciousness about what should be an effort by both parties to make the country (and the world) safer from this kind of event is a good thing to do.
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- Sep Four, two thousand seventeen Five:15 AM
It’s time to calmly substitute the “Fire and Fury” threats with a more diplomatic “Farts and Feces”. 😉
Cover your nads (like a soccer free kick defender)
Time to brief California. Without power there, that’s a U.S. state that would be in non stop Mad Max mode 24/7. It would make The Walking Dead look like a church picnic.
If we’re luckly. No group of people deserved it more.
I would guesstimate the US is gonna act .
They pretty much have all the Threats justification they could have hoped for.
Certainly fifty X the perceived threat of Saddams Iraq, and we all know what happened there.
Unluckily SK is screwed.
NYC please. thanks.
The effects might spread however. Like Starbucks, and rabies.
MAHA – Make America Modest Again
Russia must be fucking Pissed Off At Mad KIM Boy also.
“”Vladivostok, a rapidly developing city considered a key to President Vladimir Putin’s Asia strategy, is located only about 250km from the North Korean nuclear test site at Punggye-ri.
“If a nuclear disaster in North Korea generates massive amounts of radioactive fallout, Vladivostok would be contaminated in just half a day or so,” a Japanese official said.””
Did Little Kimboy just SCHLONG “The Donald”.
Seems like a good time to extend plans for the Mexican wall to boarder off Comiefornia as well – saving the rest of us from the forthcoming migrating herds of post-EMP comie-zombies.
These are purely defensive weapons on the part of Kim&co – they don’t want to be Saddamed or Ghaddafied.
with this powerfu newl EMP weapon, this is surely the end of bitcoin!
silvergeddon and loony whats his face, even said so
Actually, it’s the END of US hegemony. KARMA for-
So let me see if I have the story straight. An EMP doesn’t generate fallout. In fact, it doesn’t cause any pollution whatsoever. I knocks out the electrified grid and renders all electronic devices futile in the affected area. Just like magic.
I’m expected to believe this while at the same time believing that it’s something the US hasn’t done to anybody before. lmfao! You’d have to be a retard to believe that. Shoot yourself in the head if you’re dumb enough to fall for that one.
It is still the use of nuclear weapons. Even Pubic hair couldn’t have avoided the Hague.
So, what does the Young-Un have in common with Muammar Gadhafi .
Likely Goldman Sachs.
Few people in the world know that Russia shares a brief border with North Korea.
Veritas X posted a link to the following interesting article:
F. William Engdahl says North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State and Kim Jong Un is their man.
Kim Jong Un et al, menaces “A Super-Powerful EMP Attack. ” BUT
An EMP attack is a total nothing.
What would you rather have above your city; an EMP attack or the average ole thermonuclear weapon going off.
So (if) Kim Jong Un is going to attack the US in the most ineffectual way?
Kim Jong Un is sure beginning to sound like false opposition. Maybe Engdahl is right.
if low IQ was a contest in Switzerland or North Korea.
Who would take the prize?
hint. Dennis Rodman could not qual in either of those places.
If I could light up an itty bitty ten kton neutron over nine hundred W Madison in Chicago…
A lot of problems would be solved.
i’d rather neither and if the u.s. government was anything but evil doers it would negotiate the withdrawal of u.s. troops from south korea and the end of joint military exercises in come back for a freeze on nork weapons development and testing with a chinese protectorate on the norks. adding a prompt track of national reunification with freer trade and communications on the front burner wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
but those that run the u.s. government as a wholly wielded subsidiary regard peace with loathing and scorn.
I dug a fresh basement 15’ down with 36” reinforced concrete walls ( I can prove this).
I am pretty much good to go for the land blast.
I could go deeper but I would have to pit a few more 24/7 pumps in to compensate for the water table.
It would not surprise me in the least to learn that the yung-un was just another CIA contraption.
His big problem now is would he love a bayonet up the butt like Hillary did to Gadhafi.
OK, you idiot moron cretin low chromosone clueless down voter…..
How many km border does Russia share with the pot belly youthfull -un .
The border inbetween Russia and North Korea, according to the official Russian definition, consists of seventeen kilometres (11 mi) of “terrestrial border” and 22.1 km (12 nautical miles) of “maritime border”. It is the shortest of the international borders of Russia.
Would it not be cool if the Russians amassed a zillion T-14’s or two on the NK border ?
The UN World Food program is due to make it’s last shipment to N Korea in November. Someone tell me why all shipments should not stop right now. Are you going to tell me it’s for the children of NK? If so, who is probing this to insure it doesn’t go right to the military. Look at who is and isn’t contributing (mostly food going to Africa).
There are a lot of wise people on this site.
and a few ignorant ones.
There are a few cry-babies who pitch a tantrum when they get a down vote.
An EMP is environment friendly, so nothing to worry about.
It will create a lot of mulch.
Of course, the one hundred or so USA based nuclear power plants that would emulate Fukishuma after an EMP? . not so environmentally friendly.
The only intelligent comment. Fuck the down votes. This is all a lie.
Talk of EMPs in congressional hearings going back fifteen years always seemed like a set-up like when Oliver North commented on the imminent evil of an up to that point fully unknown Osama Bon Laden, previously known to CIA as asset Tommy Osmun. Some Canaanite scumbag will simply spin the fattest USA electrical grid disconnect, tank the NY stock exchange, and launch the world into Albert Pike’s third and final world war.
The pictures of N Korea launching nukes will be on the caliber of NASA productions. The goy will be moved to take act. Gullible dumb fucks never learn to stop feeding their children to these insatiable monsters.
Never going to happen. (.) it would extract the dogs of war of the likes the World has never seen. America and Sth Korea have done the sums and came up with reaction .. DIM SUM
What are you going to do? Turn the peninsuala into sand. No that fat fucker will sleep the long sleep before this bullshit occures. Relieve their on to it. (you can bet that way OK)
yep, it is a kinder, gentler nuclear weapon.
Not truly a problem. Keep your bitcoins on a paper wallet.
Why don’t we just do it to them very first? With a H bomb as well? Best defense is a good offense. Fellow keeps pushin it. Give him what he’s asking for.
China wouldn’t stand for this. Russia wouldn’t stand for this. Why the hell is the US?
It’s called a WAR CRIME.
Time for the big boys to intervene:
Russia, China and USA jointly target NK for identical and simultaneous petite airburst at collective coordinates over Un using cruise missiles or equivalent. Then announce monitoring equipment reports hefty detonation that looks like a large industrial accident at NK test range. Oh Shame. Next regime switch. Then same Countries share in ease efforts to assist peoples with food and medicines etc. to give aid from evil former dictator. The fighting will commence from within soon enough to keep things occupied there not to mention China and SK.
Pretty ugly turn of events, at least according to the this novel: One 2nd After.
Good read but I think even that script as bad as it was, is a bit romantic and optimistic.
More like ‘The Road’, then ‘On The Beach’. McCarthy is a prophet.
Fukushima alone has given North American about 8-9 years before we’re all radsick or dead. Anything else is only going to accelerate that timetable.
Fukushima – and all the others – hasn’t stopped pumping radioactive death into the jetstream and Pacific Ocean, bringing its’ lethal radiation in the rain cycle, and will proceed for a billion years. Everything we eat and drink is radioactive, and getting worse.
Imagine a newborn, who will spend their entire life eating and drinking continuously enhancing radioactive food and water, food sloshed utter of RoundUp, and getting shitty vaccines almost monthly, embarking in the delivery room. Times that by every child born in North America.
The parents are all going to observe their children die a horrible death. And there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do about it.
This is very likely going to suck skyhigh under Trump, and he knew it going in. May God have grace on him, and all the rest of us.
You have absolutely NO idea what you’re talking about, have you?
My expertise notwithstanding, examine US cancer projection rates, especially pediatric cancer rates. They are accelerating at a significantly enhancing rate, and in less than eight years will be going vertical across the board. We’re seven and a half years in, and the magic number is 15, per numerous studies. I recommend commencing with the Hanford beagle probe. That should suffice.
If you would like to debate the National Cancer Institute and CDC, be my guest.
The timetable for Fukushima is debatable but I think you’re spot on with some other things.
The truth hurts.
The timetable is already well underway. See above.
So little anymore is of any real importance, considering the thicker picture. We in North America have about 5-6 years before it gets downright out of palm, while the rest of the world observes and calculates their own nuclear fates. Trump is right to concentrate on America surviving as long as possible, cutting our global costs so we can have some semblance of national hospice care. No one else will help us, those bridges were burned decades ago.
As the US dies, who is going to keep the existing nuclear plants safe in twenty years? No one, and then the rest of the world will know the hell of all the US NPP’s searing to atmosphere.
It’s just nuclear demographic math at this point.
Huxley’s Plucky Fresh World was written in one thousand nine hundred thirty one – Orwell’s one thousand nine hundred eighty four in 1948.
IF we sustain as a species we’re headed for a combination of them both – and I expect only a select few will be surviving – in underground shelters for at least a duo decades. After that -. The ‘survifvors’ may be in for a rude resurfacing.
Regular reproduction seems to be on the way out for humans – falling sperm counts et al. I expect we’ll have a Huxlian artificial birthing program but without the lowest level proles. No need for them with automation and robots.
You’ve got total surveillance – more so than Orwell could have envisioned – and with digital media Big Brother can have absolute control ove all media – past present and future. Want to bet that those born underground won’t ever know Huxley or Orwell ever lived?
I’m rigidly wooed that SOMETHING is coming that’s going to be a world of hurt for most of the planet. TPTB were already looting at a furious rate – making NO plans to fix any of the fundamental problems we’re facing. It’s been kicking the can down the road – why worry when you’ll never have to deal with the consequences? Excellent aches were taken to make sure the masses could be managed – Patriot Act et al ‘The War on Terror’ is a war on pretty much everyone on the planet. Meantime the rich are building underground luxury shellters and ‘continuity of government’ will be insured by packing a duo hundred shelters with ‘the chosen.’ Too bad not many will be left to govern – but that seems to be the plan. Why has China built all those empty cities way inlans near Mongolia? Why does Russia have Civil Defense shelters that hold five million around Moscow? Why? What is coming? What are the plans for us?
There are Yam-sized problems that we’ve been disregarding for decades. The basic problem is that there are simply too many people – polluting the planet, requiring food and places to live. we could deal with them all IF those at the top were willing to lower their living standards but. that wasn’t going to happen. TPTB – those determining the fate of humanity – clearly believe that people are the problem.
I expect that good plans were underway to exterminate 90% of humanity by the year two thousand one hundred – We’ve had a few famines, some unexplained pandemics, and low level war run rampant but those aren’t killing enough people. They’ve been attempting to get WWIII going with Iran for twenty years but somehow failed. Now Korea is the big bad wolf. But indeed – does anyone think nuclear war is a good idea?
But something else is going on now.
An asteroid, comet, pole shift, SOMETHING that’ll exterminate most of us for them is not too far off. They’ve been preparing for SOMETHING with underground shelters stocked up with supplies.
I suspect they’ll pull some massive false flag as an excuse to lock things down and give themselves time to get into the shelters – maybe it will be an EMP false flagged to blame North Korea.
There will be a Plucky Fresh World utopia underground for the select survivors while the rest of us perish on the surface.