Electronic Armageddon (2010)

National Geographic Explorer

Jerry Lubell of L-3 Communications, explains how the EMP simulator works. An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) is a burst of electromagnetic radiation that results from an explosion (especially a nuclear explosion) or a suddenly fluctuating magnetic field. The resulting electric and magnetic fields may couple with electrical/electronic systems to produce damaging current and voltage surges. Electronics are wiped out after an EMP explosion. Read more: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/4821/Overview#tab-Photos/0#ixzz16e5q4Nbk
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What do future presidents need to know about existential dangers this country could face? Explorer investigates the science behind the dangers of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, or HEMP. Picture an instantaneous deathblow to the vital engines that power our society, delivered by a nuclear weapon designed not to kill humans but to attack electronics. What could happen if an electromagnetic pulse surged to earth, crippling every aspect of modern society's infrastructure?

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