[kwlug-disc] EMP attack from the sun

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Thu May 19 15:28:06 EDT 2011


On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 14:53, Chris Bruner <cbruner at quadro.net> wrote:

> I just had an interesting question posed to me. If  there were a huge solar
> flare, it would look like a large EMP attack, possibly lasting weeks.
>

How big are you thinking? Solar flares disrupt things somewhat more often
than you would think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomagnetic_storm#Disrupted_systems

Power grid in 1989 in Quebec:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_1989_geomagnetic_storm

Communications in 2011 in China:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-huge-solar-flare-radio-satellite.html

-- 
Chris Irwin
<chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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