There will be nothing to prevent us from knowing when the Big Sun CME will, without doubt, wallop Earth. Excellent satellite and telescope monitoring of the Sun worldwide will give the planet about two to three days warning. The same may not be said of an EMP strike by the likes of ISIS or North Korea.
Even with warning, even with preemptively shutting down the electric grid nationally and across the globe, the Sun will come. Transformers will blow as sheets of lime green and fuchsia illuminate solar charged particles collide with gaseous particles in Earth’s atmosphere. The lights will ripple like curtains, arc and shoot up rays that will bath the planet in light from the poles to the Equator.
The dancing aurora lights will be helpful at night for illumination if the electric grid stays down. But beyond the dawning realization that nothing works, including all the systems for people getting food, fuel and information, for readers of this exposé that remember, there is the added element of time.
Should the power stay out for over a month, many nuclear reactors and spent fuel pools will begin to run out of emergency backup fuel for generators and batteries. That’s when the melting down will begin if the reactors aren’t powered up even if they manage to remove the rods from the core. Not too long after, the SFPs will evaporate and catch fire.
It will be lights out. There will be no way to stuff the nuclear genie back in the bottle. Depending on distance, weather, geography and proximity to a nuclear facility will determine how fast different areas will be literally nuked. Silent, invisible and tasteless, radiation will soon begin its atomic harvest.
Since most people wouldn’t know why they were starting to feel nauseous and vomiting, they might think it was Ebola and contagious adding a further terrifying scenario as society breaks down. Radiation sickness does have some of the same symptoms as the dreaded Ebola virus including spontaneous bleeding, bloody diarrhea and severe fatigue.
Radiation poisoning portends a particularly gruesome death with sloughing of the skin, mouth ulcers and infections precursors to an agonizing death. Life expectancy would depend on dose but considering the amount of radiation that would be released, it could likely impact and eliminate the entire population, including all warm-blooded animals.
Ironically, our nuclear missiles will remain immune to the horrors of the grand goo apocalypse that awaits. A trillion dollars will be spent to make sure it stays that way. Your share, and the share of every American, will be over $3,134 according to analysis of the latest population figures by EnviroReporter.com.
The missile crews, however, will suffer the same fate you, your family, friends, communities and nations will. The radiation will eventually kill them too. Needlessly, because while we can’t prevent a CME, we could prevent the full scale devastation that one would cause. We just don’t have the sense to do it.