When the lights go out

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - — Ron Wood is a writer and min­is­ter. Con­tact him at wood.stone.ron@gmail.com or visit www.touchedbygrace.org. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor. Ron Wood Colum­nist

When the re­cent So­lar Eclipse passed across the United States, our daugh­ter’s fam­ily found the per­fect spot to view it. Their fam­ily trav­eled to va­ca­tion in Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park. Where they stayed, there were no street lights, no cell phone tow­ers, no elec­tric­ity. The stars at night shone brilliantly. The day­time to­tal eclipse was as­ton­ish­ing amidst beau­ti­ful moun­tain scenery, where the deer and an­te­lope play, and buf­falo roam; a beau­ti­ful world.

The In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion re­cently shared im­ages cap­tured ear­lier this past month. They showed the aurora bo­re­alis spread­ing over North Amer­ica with shim­mer­ing cur­tains of shift­ing pas­tel bands of light. These oc­cur all the time, mostly in the north­ern hemi­sphere, closer to the pole. They hap­pen more fre­quently when the sun is re­leas­ing so­lar flares. When these en­er­getic streams hit our at­mos­phere, they pro­duce the “north­ern lights.” I’ve never seen them. Have you?

These lights de­light night­time ob­servers in far north­ern re­gions of the globe. They are usu­ally harm­less. The earth’s mag­netic sphere keeps us safe from the ef­fects of these down­pours of pow­er­ful en­ergy. There are rare times when se­vere elec­tri­cal “sun-storms” cause elec­tronic sys­tems to be dis­rupted on a large scale on earth. This af­fects cell phones, tele­phone lines, satel­lite sig­nals, even elec­tri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion lines, caus­ing mass power fail­ures.

When Amer­ica be­gan test­ing atomic bombs, one of the ac­ci­den­tal side ef­fects was the re­lease of an elec­tro-mag­netic pulse — EMP for short. An EMP trav­els as fast as the speed of light but is in­vis­i­ble. You can’t see it or feel it. An EMP from a nu­clear ex­plo­sion high above the United States would cause the elec­tri­cal grid be­low to in­stantly burn out. No blast would be felt, no dam­age ob­served, but sud­denly with­out warn­ing, there would be no elec­tric­ity. Any­thing that de­pended on tran­sis­tors, cir­cuit boards, or com­puter chips would be fried, for­ever dead.

Cars would not start nor drive. We would all have to walk ev­ery­where. Cell phones would not work. Com­put­ers would be as dead as a brick. El­e­va­tors would stall. Wa­ter pumps that lift wa­ter into wa­ter tow­ers for our homes would stop pump­ing. Re­frig­er­a­tors would not cool any­more. Trucks that bring in pro­duce to stores or de­liver gro­ceries from ware­houses would could not move. But guns would still work. Bul­lets could fire. Can you imag­ine the end of law and or­der? Only end-time prep­pers would sur­vive.

Those big trans­form­ers on the poles be­side our roads that carry high volt­age? They would ex­plode in a shower of sparks or melt. Re­plac­ing hun­dreds or thou­sands of trans­form­ers would take months if not years. You know where the largest ones are made? Only one place in the world, South Korea. Makes you won­der if we are a bit vul­ner­a­ble, doesn’t it?

North Korea has been work­ing on per­fect­ing this stealth weapon against the United States for decades. Iran has traded EMP tech­nol­ogy and mis­sile de­vel­op­ment in­for­ma­tion with them.

Maybe Kim Jung Un is not so stupid after all. Maybe “Rocket Man” has a trick up his sleeve.

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