News of North Korea’s latest nuclear development, which appears to be a hydrogen bomb estimated to be five to ten times more powerful than any previous nuclear ordnance North Korea possessed, has sent shockwaves around the world. No longer does Kim merely possess the destructive power of an atom bomb, he now has a thermonuclear city killer – but in all sincerity, that may be the least of our worries.
One of the byproducts of a nuclear reaction is the release of a powerful electromagnetic pulse. That pulse overloads the circuits inside non-hardened electronic devices, knocking out the power and often damaging those circuits beyond repair. Of course, the subsequent power outage often goes unnoticed, as the residents of a targeted city try to dig themselves out from the irradiated rubble that was once their homes… but what if a thermonuclear weapon were to detonate high in the atmosphere above us? Well, then we’re going to notice.
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