Sunday, December 2, 2012

Could North Korea's December 2012 "satellite" launch pose an EMP danger to the US?

North Korea is planning to launch a “Sptunik” style satellite into orbit, probably between Dec. 10 and Dec. 22, 2012, according to many news reports.  A conventional rocket launch in April had failed.  Intelligence sources fear that North Korea could be developing a missile that could reach the US Pacific Northwest (as in the movie “Red Dawn 2”), but George Tenet had told Congress that North Korea could do that back in 2002.

North Korea (now presided by the "son" dictator Kin Jong Un) seems to be trying to bemuse South Korea’s Dec. 19 election.

There would be a concern that a missile launched over Alaska, or the Canadian or US Pacific Northwest could launch a high altitude nuclear weapon in order to create an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), as hinted in the “Red Dawn” movie (my “CF” blog, Nov. 22, 2012).

Such a detonation could be conceivable from some kinds of orbiting satellites.  That aliens could launch such a blast from orbit has been suggested by  “B-movie” script writers.  The idea that the last day of the possible launch is Dec. 22 sounds like a bizarre coincidence, with the end of the current period on the Mayan Calendar (hence the movie “2012”, my “CF” blog Nov. 13, 2009).

It seems as though we need to keep a real “Roving Eye” on this.

CBS has a complete story (not embeddable) on YouTube, link here

The CBS report (Anna Werner) claims that the satellite is really a long-range missile in disguise.  And such a missile could set off an EMP blast, even as a test this month, even on Dec. 21. 

Wikipedia attribution link for Air Force graph on EMP physics.  

Update: Dec. 5

Latest maps show trajectory of missile will be directly south, possibly jeopardizing South Korea and even Japan (even conceivably SE Asia) but not the US. 

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