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A Burst of Magnetism -- And the End of Civilization

July 22, 2011 - Joselyn King
It doesn't take a nuclear bomb to destroy the world -- just the burst of electromagnetic energy that results after it.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., spoke of "electro-magnetic pulses" (EMPs) while in Wheeling this week. And his words of warning on the issue seemed to go beyond just the typical political rhetoric.

It seems an EMP can result as the result of a nuclear blast, or even a serious solar storm. Either way, the EMP has the power to knock out everything that runs by antenna, battery or energy source.

And since we are dependent upon electricity and energy sources for water, food, commuications and other vital needs, it is reasonable an EMP could knock out much of society.

Santorum called EMPs "the biggest technological threat to the country," and suggested a space shield needs developed to stop their effect.

He said experts predict 70 percent of the population could die in the days following an EMP as the civilization largely now needs electric energy to thrive.

"And those who do survive . . .they better have guns," Santorum said.

O.K. Yes, now we are getting to sound like a bad sci-fi flick on late on a Saturday night.

But does it seem unreasonable it could happen?


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