DAY Zero: the lights go out, planes fall from the sky. Year One: 90 per cent of the US population is dead. This could be the nightmare of a North Korean attack.It wouldn’t happen overnight. But it could happen. A new report to the US Congress warns one or two nuclear weapons detonated high in the atmosphere above the country would — within a few months and years — lead to the death of 90 per cent of the country’s population. It’s a worst-case post-apocalyptic nightmare scenario common to computer games and movies. Nothing would work anymore. Society would collapse. The rule of the gun will replace the rule of law.
Under an EMP pulse, aircraft will cease to function and will likely fall uncontrolled from the sky. That’s how many people are in commercial airliners in US skies at any one time.
With their avionics fried, they’d fall from the sky. High-speed rail vehicles would cease to be guided. Cars would stall. The lights would go out and computers would die — and so would every piece of medical equipment in a line-of-sight of the nuclear fireball, high in the sky.
Then there would be the fires. Gas pipelines feeding cities and industry could ignite from fried control systems, unleashing widespread firestorms. How many would die in the first day is anyone’s guess.
But that would just be the beginning of the end.
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