What to Do If You Have an Electrical Outage in the U.S.?
By Stephen Brown.
A new national security advisory from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which is also responsible for protecting the homeland from cyberattacks, warns of a possible threat of a solar wind, or magnetic field, attack.
The advisory cites an unidentified government agency, which it says is “assessing the potential for the release of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from an active magnetic field,” which it notes is “a potential electromagnetic pulse weapon.”
The NGA advises Americans against using their smartphones, computers, or other devices during an EMP attack, even if it is a “clean” one.
The alert also warns against flying in a plane or a helicopter that has been damaged by a solar flare or other EMP event.
A solar flare is a powerful solar storm that occurs when charged particles from the sun hit the earth, causing massive amounts of heat to build up in the atmosphere.
The storm can cause severe damage and even kill, but the effects can be short-lived.
The Nga says this particular attack could happen within the next few weeks, but that it is “extremely unlikely.”
“It is important to remember that an EMP has the ability to cause widespread destruction of critical infrastructure, including electricity, water, telecommunications, power grids, communications networks, air traffic control, water treatment systems, and other critical infrastructure,” the advisory states.
“It also can cause the release and release of large amounts of energy, leading to catastrophic effects on people, infrastructure, and ecosystems.”
It warns of other EMP attacks, but says these are rare and that most incidents are limited to isolated instances.
The latest solar flare in the United States occurred in June and could be expected to happen in the coming weeks.
The U.N. says there are around 15 solar flares a year, which happen every few months and can cause havoc in the Earth’s magnetic field.
But most of the time, the weather and solar activity are the only factors that can trigger an EMP, the NGA warns.
This isn’t the first time an EMP threat has arisen in the USA, and the Nga warns that the situation has changed over the past couple of years.
“Over the past few years, the likelihood of a successful attack on the United Kingdom has increased,” the agency says.
“In June 2018, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were both targeted by a successful EMP attack.
A U.K. court heard evidence on Wednesday that the attack, which occurred between April 20 and May 1, 2017, was carried out by a remote-controlled weapon.”