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FEMA document admits solar flare could collapse U.S. power grid for years

12/21/2014 - Tens of millions of Americans face years of loss of electrical power if major solar storms ramp up in the future, sending electromagnetic pulses that will destroy grids and infrastructure, according to an internal two-year-old Department of Homeland Security document. As reported by the Washington...

Detroit now resembling third-world nation as power grid fails and lights go out

12/8/2014 - During the 1950s and 1960s, the city of Detroit became the automobile manufacturing capital of the world. Growing to become America's fourth-largest city, it was a model of modernity and American production capacity. Between 1910 and 1950, the PBS program "The Rundown" reports, "few cities grew faster,...

EMP attack on U.S. power grid could kill 90% of Americans, experts testify on Capitol Hill

5/19/2014 - Experts on electromagnetic pulse (EMP) phenomena, concerned about the devastation they could wreak on the U.S. economy and infrastructure, are increasingly sounding the alarm bell about the need to beef up cyber-security and protect vulnerable systems. Some of them testified again recently in the...

U.S. power grid could be too big, on the verge of collapsing like pile of sand

4/25/2014 - In a March 2014 report, The Wall Street Journal issued a dire warning about the nation's electric power grid. "The U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country's 55,000 electric-transmission substations on a scorching summer day," Rebecca Smith wrote. Indeed,...

Report: U.S. civilians not ready for EMP attack on national power grid

4/21/2014 8:34:38 PM - Civilians around the world are not ready for the catastrophic effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) type of event that would cause widespread electrical blackouts, though such blackouts could be preventable, say experts. One such expert, Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force...

Solar superstorm could knock out power grid and destroy electrical transformers

2/14/2013 - Solar activity has dramatically increased in recent years, causing consternation and concern among state and federal emergency planners who are worried about the occurrence of a solar "superstorm" that would cause untold damage to power and communication grids. Adding to that concern is a new report...

Global power grid failures being used to push smart grids

8/16/2012 - India's recent massive power grid failure - the largest in history which left some 670 million people without power - has renewed calls for so-called smart grids in the United States, as some analysts have questioned whether a similar event could occur in North America. Initial thoughts of a similar...

Overloaded US power grid stretched to capacity; Will America follow in India's footsteps?

8/15/2012 - Could the U.S. really suffer the kinds of widespread power outages that struck two-thirds of India's billion-plus population recently? Absolutely, say experts, and fixing the problem won't be cheap. While the nation's power infrastructure is referred to as a "grid," suggesting seamless interconnectivity,...

California power grid on the brink of collapse

8/14/2012 - A persistent heat wave that continues to blanket much of Southern California in temperatures as high as 10 degrees or more above average for this time of year is threatening to potentially take down the state's electricity grid, suggests a recent warning issued by the state's electricity grid operator....

Massive power grid failure shakes India

8/2/2012 - India, unique in many ways, is now known for something else: the world's largest power outage. About 670 million of the country's one billion people were left without power this week when three of the country's power grids failed in rapid succession. The outage, which lasted hours, forced businesses,...

10 sobering realizations the Eastern U.S. power grid failure is teaching us about a real collapse

7/1/2012 - In the wake of violent storms, the power remains out today for millions of Americans across several U.S. states. Governors of Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio have declared a state of emergency. Over a dozen people are now confirmed dead, and millions are sweltering in blistering temperatures while...

Power grid goes down for millions of Americans as Mother Nature reminds us all to get prepared

6/30/2012 - Mother Nature has a way of interrupting our lives with not-so-subtle reminders to pay attention to reality. Over the last 48 hours, a blistering heat wave has swept across nine U.S. states, causing the power grid to fail for millions of residents. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state...

Reality check: When the power grid goes down, all grid-tie solar systems will go down with it

6/16/2012 - A lot of people believe they are becoming "power independent" by installing grid-tie solar systems, but what many don't realize is that virtually all such systems are designed to actively go offline when the power grid goes offline. A "grid-tie" solar system is one that ties into the power grid,...

Solar flare could unleash nuclear holocaust across planet Earth, forcing hundreds of nuclear power plants into total meltdowns

9/13/2011 - Forget about the 2012 Mayan calendar, comet Elenin or the Rapture. The real threat to human civilization is far more mundane, and it's right in front of our noses. If Fukushima has taught us anything, it's that just one runaway meltdown of fissionable nuclear material can have wide-ranging and potentially...

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