Science fiction or a real possibility? WNC featured in Nat’l Geographic’s “Electronic Armageddon”

A Tuesday, June 22, television premier on the National Geographic Explorer channel features scenes from Black Mountain and WNC: Electronic Armageddon. In this shot, Black Mountain’s Cherry Street shows what might happen to newer-model cars if a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse were used in an attack on the U.S. Xpress readers might recall a July 8, 2009, interview and profile with local author Bill Forstchen. The Montreat College history professor penned One Second After, which imagines what would happen in a HEMP attack. The National Geographic’s take on the possibility airs tonight at 6 p.m. Here’s the introduction to the show:

What do future presidents need to know about existential dangers this country could face? Explorer investigates the science behind the dangers of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, or HEMP. Picture an instantaneous deathblow to the vital engines that power our society, delivered by a nuclear weapon designed not to kill humans but to attack electronics. What could happen if an electromagnetic pulse surged to earth, crippling every aspect of modern society’s infrastructure?

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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5 thoughts on “Science fiction or a real possibility? WNC featured in Nat’l Geographic’s “Electronic Armageddon”

  1. LOKEL

    For the record Ms. Williams, that is NOT Black Mountains’ main street …. the MAIN street is known as State Street.

    The pictured street is Cherry Street.

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