How would your day go if suddenly all technology completely quit working ?
Imagine this scenario, there's a super-massive solar storm and it completely fries all electronics in the United States. This happened in the blink of an eye and now your world is upside down. Your car wont work, as the computer and electronics in it are fried. Your phone doesn't work, as the communications satellites to your carrier were fried by the solar flare, as well. There's no electricity in your house; how are you going to stay warm, eat, do laundry? Worse yet, all of your food in your fridge and freezer are going to go bad and all the supplies at all of your local groceries are doomed to the same fate.........................................
Tuesday's disruption of cell, internet and phone services, in the Tennessee Valley, were a reminder of just how dependent we have truly become on technology. How many times a day do you text, check your Face Book, Twitter, email? How often do you use your GPS to get you somewhere you've never been before? We use technology so much, that it has become second nature to us.
If something did happen, that disabled all of the luxuries that this plethora of technology has provided us for so long, what would we do? Everything runs, is manufactured or processed by something that runs on electricity. Our homes, businesses, cars, phones, computers, etc. The food in your pantry was processed and shipped from a plant run mostly by electricity. The water in your faucet is pumped to you by the pumping station by electricity. The gasoline you pump into your car from the filling station, also runs on electricity. You get my point.
Now, while chances are probably slim to none, that a solar storm of that magnitude will ever hit the Earth; there are some other very real and frightening ways that a similar scenario could occur. Sounds pretty scary and sci-fi, huh? It's actually, not really all that far fetched.
Have you ever heard of an EMP? According to Wikipedia; "An electromagnetic pulse (EMP), also sometimes called a transient electromagnetic disturbance, is a short burst of electromagnetic energy. Such a pulse may occur in the form of a radiated, electric or magnetic field or conducted electric current depending on the source, and may be natural or man-made. The term "electromagnetic pulse" is commonly abbreviated to the initialism EMP (which is pronounced by saying the letters separately, "E-M-P").EMP interference is generally disruptive or damaging to electronic equipment, and at higher energy levels a powerful EMP event such as a lightning strike can damage physical objects such as buildings and aircraft structures. " (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_pulse). EMP's are basically a concentrated blast of a tremendous amount of electromagnetic energy. EMP's can be caused by solar storms, lightning, nuclear explosions or EMP weapons.
EMP's are extremely destructive to anything that is electronic in nature. This includes, but isn't limited to, cars, homes, power grids, cell phones, computers, satellites......etc. Depending on the strength of the EMP and it's proximity to the electronics involved, governs how destructive it actually is.
Sound's crazy huh? Consider what happened in 1859, when what has since become known as "The Carrington Event.". Here's an excerpt from History.com, showing how strong this solar storm was, "
The Carrington Event
On the morning of September 1, 1859, amateur astronomer Richard Carrington ascended into the private observatory attached to his country estate outside of London. After cranking open the dome’s shutter to reveal the clear blue sky, he pointed his brass telescope toward the sun and began to sketch a cluster of enormous dark spots that freckled its surface. Suddenly, Carrington spotted what he described as “two patches of intensely bright and white light” erupting from the sunspots. Five minutes later the fireballs vanished, but within hours their impact would be felt across the globe.
That night, telegraph communications around the world began to fail; there were reports of sparks showering from telegraph machines, shocking operators and setting papers ablaze. All over the planet, colorful auroras illuminated the nighttime skies, glowing so brightly that birds began to chirp and laborers started their daily chores, believing the sun had begun rising. Some thought the end of the world was at hand, but Carrington’s naked eyes had spotted the true cause for the bizarre happenings: a massive solar flare with the energy of 10 billion atomic bombs. The flare spewed electrified gas and subatomic particles toward Earth, and the resulting geomagnetic storm—dubbed the “Carrington Event”—was the largest on record to have struck the planet."(history.com)
So the next time your texting on your phone, using your GPS, or just playing COD with your friend's online, consider this; What would life be like with out all of this wonderful technology we have?
Here's the link to the full story about the Carrington Event, if you want to check it out! The Carrington Event.