Post by Brian Howie Post by Phi
Gareth will probably have some valve equipment in his shed and will
need to keep batteries charged. If all the electronic services are
down then chaos will reign.
The link doesn't like my ad blocker.
Here's one that's less fussy :-
There has long been a saying that in an economic - and presumably
societal - breakdown, there are two metals that are best to own: gold
and tin. Gold, because you can use it to trade for weapons, food,
whatever; and tin, because it holds your food supply in the form of
tinned goods (which you can also use to trade).
The North Korean weapon need not be specially configured for EMP in
order to produce devastating effects. The Soviet K-3 test of 1962 used a
300kt weapon designed for other reasons than EMP production, yet when it
detonated at 290 km over Dzhezkazgan and somewhat short of its target,
the EMP effects were considerable: Karaganda power station burned down,
telephone lines burned out, radars a 1000km away were destroyed.
Interestingly, following this, the Soviet manned space programme
suffered a six-month delay possibly due to the wait for replacement
equipment for the kit that had malfunctioned as a result of the K-3 test
- although this was never made public.
Anyone in Aqmola/Astana who was walking to work that day and facing
South would have seen a second sun soundlessly appear in the sky - the
Soviets didn't announce such tests in advance. I have a photo somewhere
of the K-3 plasmoid.