EMP March 16, 2010Posted by bobv451 in inventions, science fiction, web & computers.
I was meandering about the web the other day and came across this on hardening data sites to withstand direct nuclear attack. Well, within 2 or 3 miles. A direct hit is going to pretty much destroy anything, if not from the initial vaporization, then from the shock wave. Years back, I spent some time thinking about how to take out NORAD. A titanium sheath around a big enough bomb coming in at several thousand miles an hour would cut through the rock and deliver the bomb mid-mountain.
But that was then and I’ve heard NORAD has moved. Probably to a condo in downtown Detroit.
The notion of a nuke going off and frying the electronic infrastructure of the US is pretty scary. I haven’t thought on how realistic it is but it makes for good thriller-esque fiction. Even if you have your computer all secure under a lead shield, it’s got to connect to something unless you just want to use it like a fancy typewriter (and I do)–but I want the Internet connection, too).
Since everything from our cars to our missiles depend so heavily on electronic components, such a blast frying our grid is kinda scary. Wouldn’t matter if it came from a CME or was artificial. Worse yet would be the electricity going.
But I’m not worrying. I still have the Royal typewriter (circa 1940 model) I learned to type on. OK, to hunt and peck on. And I know what carbon paper is, even if I currently don’t have any.