Ehhhh... Distance matters too, and high voltage lines are not immune.remember they had LOW VOLTAGE lines strung all over the place. low voltage lines are the ones in danger from something like this. Power transmission lines are not at risk.
The wires that melted and started fires back then we're DC telegraph wires made of iron and had very long runs.Ehhhh... Distance matters too, and high voltage lines are not immune.
I've gone back and forth... Most say nothing will happen or TEOTWAWKI.... Experts tend to agree that's its somewhere between those two. I used to be nothing will happen... But it's probably more than that. So... Who knows.
I'm not sure why you think high voltage protects from over voltage.The wires that melted and started fires back then we're DC telegraph wires made of iron and had very long runs.
Yes distance matters too, but long runs are even higher voltage so they will be even more immune.
Then cosider long data runs are fiber optical
So... Most anything... New Orleans, Houston... The East Coast going dark... You restore outside in. But there is normal world that comes in and starts eating the elephant.Consider the cascading type damage scenario. Just a dozen major transformers either damaged or disrupted. It may not take much of a Carrington effect.
When a few key points of our national power grid are disrupted there is a ripple effect. This has happened before. Only in this case it would be worse.
There would be no quick reset of the grid. Why? If enough infrastructure is damaged there are few or no major backups to the grid. The whole thing crashes.
Consider no global grid for a couple of weeks. All battery back ups go dead. At some critical point the whole infrastructure would collapse for a long time.
Nothing works. Everything today runs on electricity diesel fuel and the micro chip. Knock out just a few playing cards then the whole fragile thing collapses.
The entire WORLD comes to a grinding halt. Consider the clock being reset to a pre electrical age. No communications. No vital transport. No gas. No food.
Nothing. The list gets very long. Right now our GLOBAL infrastructure is vulnerable to a huge long nasty CME. A Carrington event today would kill BILLIONS.
And that is just the short term version lasting just a few months. Now consider the damage taking YEARS to fix. That THAT through. A 99% human die back.
Yep and yikes!
Well sure... At the very worst. Again many think it's some where between nothing and everything.Time for a horrible thought exercise. Sit down, have a nice cup of coffee or whatever, (a belt would be good) and think a bit. Work it all through your noggin. Yikes!
The nasty conclusion is that a nasty big 3 day long repeat of the Carrington CME would be a TEOTWAWKI event. There are a few big vulnerable trip points.
Communications. Fuel supply. Commercial transport. No power. No water. No food. No pretty much of anything. It would all stop either in seconds, days or weeks.
Everything would matter. Farming. Heavy trucks. Ocean transport. Distribution systems small and large. No infrastructure. Cascade effects would end it all.
No easy reboot. No reboot at all. Everything you gotta have to gotta have to gotta have will be non operate able. Even the surviving pockets or regions will die out.
Our world population can go 3-4 days without water. Then you die. The world pop can go without eating for 20-30 days? Then you die. In the USA a little longer.
In the USA the average family has 3 days food, 20 days water and 1/2 tank of gas. That is it. That plus too many guns. A nasty post Carrington event for sure.
Third world nations might linger longer. In 1st world countries the human die back would take about 30 days. After that we may have fewer folks around.
Survivable short term? Yeah, just hunker down and disappear for a month. But what then? The stink alone would be terrible. What about the will to live?
Then would come the international scene. Famine, War, Pestilence, Disease. The four horsemen. If you can make it a year then you have a chance ... PERHAPS.
Then the long term surviving people problems would occur. Nations fighting nations for the scraps of civilization. Choke points. 3 days, 1 month, 1 year, 10 years.
The very will to continue would be profound. But ... there will always be survivors. How many? Probably only about 1 in 1000 will live World wide. Yikes and Wow.
That is still 80 million human beings. Probably a new Dark Ages lasting 100 years. Oh such a fun thought exercise before the Holidays. But ... an interesting topic.
Our power distribution is high voltage. The telegraph was low voltage.Well, these things do happen. Remember the last EMP pulse from the Sun, destroyed the then telegraph system. It would be that much more devastating now. But, I suspect in the near future it will be inevitable.