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?
Read more: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/4821/Overview#ixzz0rav2vvti