But what if human civilization faced a far greater
threat than a single tsunami destroying a nuclear
power facility? What if a global tidal
destroy the power generating capacities of all
the world's power plants, all at once?
Such a scenario is not merely possible, but factually
inevitable. And the global tidal wave threatening
all the nuclear power plants of the world isn't
made of water but solar emissions.
The sun, you see, is acting up again. NASA recently
warned that solar activity is surging, with a peak
expected to happen in 2013 that could generate
enormous radiation levels that sweep across planet
Earth. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) has even issued an urgent warning about
solar flares due to strike in 2012 and 2013. IBtimes
wrote, "With solar activity expected to peak
around 2013, the Sun is entering a particularly
active time and big flares like the recent one
will likely be common during the next few years.
...A major flare in the mid-19th century blocked
the nascent telegraph system, and some scientists
believe that another such event is now overdue." (http://www.IBTimes.com/articles/194...)
"Several federal government studies suggest
that this extreme solar activity and emissions
may result in complete blackouts for years in some
areas of the nation. Moreover, there may also be
disruption of power supply for years, or even decades,
as geomagnetic currents attracted by the storm
could debilitate the transformers."
Why does all this matter? To understand that,
you have to understand how nuclear power plants
function. Or, put another way, how is nuclear material
prevented from "going nuclear" every
single day across our planet?
All nuclear power plants are operated in a near-meltdown
status. They operate at very high heat, relying
on nuclear fission to boil water that produces
steam to drive the turbines that generate electricity.
Critically, the nuclear fuel is prevented from
melting down through the steady circulation of
coolants which are pushed through the cooling system
using very high powered electric pumps.
If you stop the electric pumps, the coolant stops
flowing and the fuel rods go critical (and then
melt down). This is what happened in Fukushima,
where the melted fuel rods dropped through the
concrete floor of the containment vessels, unleashing
enormous quantities of ionizing radiation into
the surrounding environment. The full extent of
the Fukushima contamination is not even known yet,
as the facility is still emitting radiation.
It's crucial to understand that nuclear coolant
pumps are usually driven by power from
the electrical grid. They are not normally driven by power generated
locally from the nuclear power plant itself. Instead,
they're connected to the grid. In other words,
even though nuclear power plants are generating
megawatts of electricity for the grid, they are
also dependant on the grid to run their own coolant
pumps. If the grid goes down, the coolant pumps
go down, too, which is why they are quickly switched
to emergency backup power -- either generators
As we learned with Fukushima, the on-site batteries
can only drive the coolant pumps for around eight
hours. After that, the nuclear facility is dependent
on diesel generators (or sometimes propane) to
run the pumps that circulate the coolant which
prevents the whole site from going Chernobyl. And
yet, critically, this depends on something rather
obvious: The delivery of diesel fuel to the site.
If diesel cannot be delivered, the generators can't
be fired up and the coolant can't be circulated.
When you grasp the importance of this supply line
dependency, you will instantly understand why a
single solar flare could unleash a nuclear holocaust
across the planet.
When the generators fail and the coolant pumps
stop pumping, nuclear fuel rods begin to melt through
their containment rods, unleashing ungodly amounts
of life-destroying radiation directly into the
atmosphere. This is precisely why Japanese engineers
worked so hard to reconnect the local power grid
to the Fukushima facility after the tidal wave
-- they needed to bring power back to the generators
to run the pumps that circulate the coolant. This
effort failed, of course, which is why Fukushima
became such a nuclear disaster and released countless
becquerels of radiation into the environment (with
no end in sight).
And yet, despite the destruction we've already
seen with Fukushima, U.S. nuclear power plants
are nowhere near being prepared to handle sustained
power grid failures. As IBtimes reports:
"Last month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
said U.S. plants affected by a blackout should
be able to cope without electricity for at least
eight hours and should have procedures to keep
the reactor and spent-fuel pool cool for 72 hours.
Nuclear plants depend on standby batteries and
backup diesel generators. Most standby power systems
would continue to function after a severe solar
storm, but supplying the standby power systems
with adequate fuel, when the main power grids are
offline for years, could become a very critical
problem. If the spent fuel rod pools at the country's
104 nuclear power plants lose their connection
to the power grid, the current regulations aren't
sufficient to guarantee those pools won't boil
over -- exposing the hot, zirconium-clad rods and
sparking fires that would release deadly radiation." (http://www.IBTimes.com/articles/194...)
Now, what does all this have to do with solar
How the end of modern civilization
will most likely occur
As any sufficiently informed scientist will
readily admit, solar flares have the potential
to blow out the transformers throughout the national
power grid. That's because solar flares induce
geomagnetic currents (powerful electromagnetic
impulses) which overload the transformers and
cause them to explode.
You've probably witnessed this yourself during
a lightning storm when lightning unleashes a
powerful electromagnetic pulse that causes a
local transformer to explode. Solar flares do
the same thing on a much larger scale. A global
scale, in fact.
The upshot of this situation is that suddenly
and without warning, the power grid infrastructure
across nearly the entire planet could be destroyed.
As a bonus, nearly all satellites will be fried,
too, leaving GPS inoperable and causing millions
of clueless drivers to become forever lost in
their own neighborhoods because they never paid
attention to the streets and always relied on
a GPS voice to tell them, "In fifty feet,
Communications satellites will be obliterated,
too. This, of course, will halt nearly all news
propaganda distribution across the planet, causing
tens of thousands of people to instantly die
out of the sheer fear of suddenly having to think
for themselves. As another bonus, nearly all
mobile phone service will be disrupted, too,
meaning all the teenage text junkies of the world
will, for the first time in their lives, be forced
to lay down their iPhones and interact with real
people in the real world.
But the real kicker in all this is that the
power grid will be destroyed nearly everywhere.
happens when there's no electricity?
Imagine a world without electricity. Even for
just a week. Imagine New York City with no electricity,
or Los Angeles, or Sao Paulo. Within 72 hours,
most cities around the world will devolve into
total chaos, complete with looting, violent crime,
and runaway fires.
But that's not even the bad news. Even if all
the major cities of the world burned to the ground
for some other reason, humanity could still recover
because it has the farmlands: the soils, the
seeds, and the potential to recover, right?
And yet the real crisis here stems from the
realization that once there is no power grid,
all the nuclear power plants of the world suddenly
go into "emergency mode" and are forced
to rely on their on-site emergency power backups
to circulate coolants and prevent nuclear meltdowns
from occurring. And yet, as we've already established,
these facilities typically have only a few hours
of battery power available, followed by perhaps
a few days worth of diesel fuel to run their
generators (or propane, in some cases).
Did I also mention that half the people who
work at nuclear power facilities have no idea
what they're doing in the first place? Most of
the veterans who really know the facilities inside
and out have been forced into retirement due
to reaching their lifetime limits of on-the-job
radiation exposure, so most of the workers at
nuclear facilities right now are newbies who
really have no clue what they're doing.
There are 440 nuclear power plants operating
across 30 countries around the world today. There
are an additional 250 so-called "research
reactors" in existence, making a total of
roughly 700 nuclear reactors to be dealt with
Now imagine the scenario: You've got a massive
solar flare that knocks out the world power grid
and destroys the majority of the power grid transformers,
thrusting the world into darkness. Cities collapse
into chaos and rioting, martial law is quickly
declared (but it hardly matters), and every nation
in the world is on full emergency. But that doesn't
solve the really big problem, which is that you've
got 700 nuclear reactors that can't feed power
into the grid (because all the transformers are
blown up) and yet simultaneously have to be fed
a steady stream of emergency fuels to run the
generators the keep the coolant pumps functioning.
How long does the coolant need to circulate
in these facilities to cool the nuclear fuel?
Months. This is also the lesson of Fukushima:
You can't cool nuclear fuel in mere hours or
days. It takes months to bring these nuclear
facilities to a state of cold shutdown. And that
means in order to avoid a multitude of Fukushima-style
meltdowns from occurring around the world, you
need to truck diesel fuel, generator parts and
nuclear plant workers to every nuclear facility
on the planet, ON TIME, every time, without fail,
for months on end.
Now remember, this must be done in the middle
of the total chaos breakdown of modern civilization,
where there is no power, where law enforcement
and emergency services are totally overrun, where
people are starving because food deliveries have
been disrupted, and when looting and violent
crime runs rampant in the streets of every major
city in the world. Somehow, despite all this,
you have to run these diesel fuel caravans to
the nuclear power plants and keep the pumps running.
there's a problem in all this, even if you
assume you can somehow work a logistical
miracle and actually deliver the diesel fuel
to the backup generators on time (which you
The problem is this: Where do you get diesel
Why refineries will be shut down, too
From petroleum refineries. Most people don't
realize it, but petroleum refineries run
Without the power grid, the refineries don't
produce a drop of diesel. With no diesel, there
are no generators keeping the coolant running
in the nuclear power facilities.
But wait, you say: Maybe we could just acquire
diesel from all the gas stations in the world.
Pump it out of the ground, load it into trucks
and use that to power the generators, right?
Except there are other problems here: How do
you pump all that fuel without electricity? How
do you acquire all the tires and spare parts
needed to keep trucks running if there's no electricity
to keep the supply businesses running? How do
you maintain a truck delivery infrastructure
when the electrical infrastructure is totally
Some countries might be able to pull it off
with some degree of success. With military
escorts and the total government control over all fuel
supplies, a few nations will be able to keep
a few nuclear power facilities from melting down.
But here's the real issue: There are 700 nuclear
power facilities in the world, remember? Let's
suppose that in the aftermath of a massive solar
flare, the nations of the world are somehow able
to control half of those facilities and nurse
them into cold shutdown status. That still leaves
roughly 350 nuclear facilities at risk.
Now let's suppose half of those are somehow
luckily offline and not even functioning when
the solar flare hits, so they need no special
attention. This is a very optimistic assumption,
but that still leaves 175 nuclear power
plants where all attempts fail.
Let's be outrageously optimistic and suppose
that a third of those somehow don't go into a
total meltdown by some miracle of God, or some
bizarre twist in the laws of physics. So we're
still left with 115 nuclear power plants that "go
Fukushima was one power plant. Imagine the devastation
of 100+ nuclear power plants, all going into
meltdown all at once across the planet. It's
not the loss of electricity that's the real problem;
it's the global tidal wave of invisible
radiation that blankets the planet, permeates the topsoil,
irradiates everything that breathes and delivers
the final crushing blow to human civilization
as we know it today.
Because if you have 100 simultaneous global
nuclear meltdowns, the tidal wave of radiation
will make farming nearly impossible for years.
That means no food production for several years
in a row. And that, in turn, means a near-total
collapse of the human population on our planet.
How many people can survive an entire year with
no food from the farms? Not one in a hundred
people. Even beyond that, how many people can
essentially live underground and be safe enough
from the radiation that they can have viable
children and repopulate the planet? It's a very,
very small fraction of the total population.
flares far more likely to hit nuclear power
plants than tidal waves or earthquakes
What's the chance of all this actually happening?
A report by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
said that "...over the standard 40-year
license term of nuclear power plants, solar
flare activity enables a 33 percent chance of
power loss, a risk that significantly outweighs
that of major earthquakes and tsunamis." (http://www.IBTimes.com/articles/194...)
The world's reliance on nuclear power, you see,
has doomed us to destroy our own civilization.
Of course, this is all preventable if we would
only dismantle and shut down ALL nuclear
power plants on the planet. But what are the chances
of that happening? Zero, of course. There are
too many commercial and political interests invested
in nuclear power.
So the power plants will stay, and we will therefore
be vulnerable to a solar flare which could strike
us at any time and unleash a global nuclear holocaust.
Planet Earth has been struck by solar flares
before, of course, but all the big hits in recorded
human history took place long before
the age of modern electronics, so the impacts were minimal.
Today, society cannot function without electronics.
Nor can nuclear facility coolant pumps. Once
you realize that, you begin to understand the
true danger in which humanity has placed itself
by relying on nuclear power.
By relying on nuclear power, we are risking
everything. And we're doing it blindly, with
no real acknowledgement of the dangers of running
700+ nuclear facilities in a constant state of "near
meltdown" while foolishly relying on the
steady flow of electricity to keep the fuel rods
cool. If Fukushima, all by itself, could unleash
a tidal wave of deadly radiation all by itself,
imagine a world where hundreds of nuclear
facilities go into a total meltdown simultaneously.
A repeat of the 1859 solar storm -- called the
Carrington Event -- would "devastate the
modern world," admits a National Geographic
What can you do about any of this? Build
yourself an underground bunker and prepare to live in
it for an extended period of time. (Just a few
feet of soil protects you from most radiation.)
The good news is that if you survive it all and
one day return to the surface to plant your non-hybrid
seeds and begin rebuilding human society, real
estate will be really, really cheap.
Especially in the radiation zones.
seriously! Read more from NASA
Just before dawn the next day, skies all over
planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple
auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be
read as easily as in daylight. Indeed, stunning
auroras pulsated even at near tropical latitudes
over Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, El Salvador,
and Hawaii. Even more disconcerting, telegraph
systems worldwide went haywire. Spark discharges
shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph
paper on fire. Even when telegraphers disconnected
the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced
electric currents in the wires still allowed
messages to be transmitted..."
"...as electronic technologies have become
more sophisticated and more embedded into everyday
life, they have also become more vulnerable to
solar activity. On Earth, power lines and long-distance
telephone cables might be affected by auroral
currents, as happened in 1989. Radar, cell phone
communications, and GPS receivers could be disrupted
by solar radio noise. Experts who have studied
the question say there is little to be done to
protect satellites from a Carrington-class flare.
In fact, a recent paper estimates potential damage
to the 900-plus satellites currently in orbit
could cost between $30 billion and $70 billion."
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