Sources: UK Parliament, Telegraph
quote: You have no money because your bank's database is offline, the ATMs are dead, and that piece of plastic in your wallet isn't currency.
quote: Ice cores contain thin nitrate-rich layers that can be used to reconstruct a history of past events before reliable observations. These show evidence that events of this magnitude—as measured by high-energy proton radiation, not geomagnetic effect—occur approximately once per 500 years, with events at least one-fifth as large occurring several times per century. Less severe storms have occurred in 1921 and 1960, when widespread radio disruption was reported.
quote: Fear mongering on the part of another nation using an EMP, yes. On the part of a natural event?
quote: The reason is that unlike the Cold War where standing armies with conventional arms and nukes were the norm, now just one well funded nutcase with a small nuke could do as much damage.
quote: Put that missile and launcher on a container ship and launch it 200 miles off the West or East coast, detonate it 800 miles over Kansas. Currently there is no defense against this type of attack, and no way to tell who was behind the launch either.
quote: Or so that the spelling nazis wouldn't blow a gasket.