Post by The Horny Goat Post by RichA Post by Your Name Post by RichA
Turning off computers and electric equipment to prevent an EMP from a
nuclear blast damaging them won't work. The electronics will be
damaged or destroyed no matter if they are plugged in or not. True,
having an antenna running to a radio for example might cause more
damage than if the antenna wasn't connected.
Next you'll be saying that hiding in an old household refrigerator
won't keep you alive. ;-)
Starfish Prime (high altitude nuclear test near Hawaii) caused an
electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that was far larger than expected, so much
larger that it drove much of the instrumentation off scale, causing great
difficulty in getting accurate measurements. The Starfish Prime
electromagnetic pulse also made those effects known to the public by
causing electrical damage in Hawaii, about 898 miles (1,445 km) away from
the detonation point, knocking out about 300 streetlights, setting off
numerous burglar alarms, and damaging a telephone company microwave
link. The EMP damage to the microwave link shut down telephone calls
from Kauai to the other Hawaiian islands.
In the Kauai case you're referring to EMP wasn't well understood at
the time and given the distance from the Hawaiian islands the blast
took place could easily have EMP'd the entire chain.
The EMP effect was a surprise but presumably a lot of military
research on EMP immediately was commissioned since given where the
blast took place from Kauai with that radius an eqivalent blast
anywhere in southern Germany or eastern France could very nicely
cripple most of the core EU countries.
Which as you probably know was the main WW3 scenario contemplated in
the 1955-1975 era. Even General Marshall would have a hard time
bringing Europe back from a couple of well placed nukes even if the
actual detonation failed to kill anybody (!)
Nonsense, IMO. Many European cities were virtually leveled by conventional
bombing and firestorms and they came back. Nuclear fall-out from airbursts is
minor and you can be back in the city in a week.