June 24, 2017

Has the Threat of an EMP Increased?

Has the Threat of an EMP Increased

As I mentioned in The Difference Between an EMP and a Solar Flare, I believe that the threat of a conventional nuclear or an EMP strike on American soil has increased. I, of course, am talking about Iran’s claims that they will be sending their naval fleet to a position off the coast of the United States. Before I go any further, let me be clear, I do not believe Iran’s Navy poses any threat by a traditional naval attack. That being said, I do believe, as I stated, that the chance of a nuclear strike has increased.

If you’re not familiar with the news item, FOX News covered it in this article called Iran sending warships close to US borders. On a side note, multiple sources for this story have pulled their articles. Here is another article from the Washington Examiner that states: Expert: Iran ships a dry run for later nuclear/EMP attack; humiliate Obama.

To help explain why I believe that the threat of an EMP or traditional nuclear attack has increased, I’ll use the following metaphor; You are the captain of a very successful bowling team, winning several tournaments across the state. Many other teams have your team in their sites. Some teams talk trash, but for the most part everyone has a good clean time, except for Joe Dirtbag from the next town over. Joe’s team never finishes very high in any of the tournaments, which makes him and the Dirt-Balls hate you even more.

Joe has made some threats about how he is going to “kick your butt”, “Wipe you from the map” and on and on. Because Joe’s team practices at a different bowling alley and because there is no way his team could even come close to beating your team, even if you gave them a three frame lead, you dismiss Joe and laugh off his threats, until Joe starts posting on social media that he is going to come to your house and shoot you and your family. You don’t know if Joe is serious or if he even owns a gun.

Now, if you are prudent, I believe you live your life normally while keeping an eye out for Joe. You should maintain this vigilance until enough time has passed where you feel sure Joe isn’t showing up. However, if Joe shows up at your spouse’s work, your kid’s school or across the street, you would be a fool not to think the threat has increased.

But Is Iran a Threat?

Iran puffing up and making wild claims is nothing new. In fact, here is an article from the Times of Israel with the headline Iran: We’re ready for ‘decisive battle’ with Israel, US Let me clarify. If Iran doesn’t show up on our shores, obviously the threat hasn’t increased. They’ve made some pretty silly claims over the years, so them being a no-show is a high possibility. However, if they do start to patrol just outside of our borders in international waters (most countries agree that this is 3 miles from the coast), then yes, I believe the threat has increased.

I have written a few times on how Iran doesn’t have the missile technology to launch a strike of any kind from its borders to attack ours. But if they were to place a nuclear payload on one of their current missiles and hide it on a cargo container ship, they could launch an attack from international waters outside of American soil. I am not the first to think of this. You might recall that Steve from AlertsUSA said in a Q/A session from March of 2013:


While many countries such as North Korea or Iran, don’t have the missile capability to launch a nuke from their country to land on the continental USA, (I know North Korea either has gotten the technology or is close to having it). Would it be possible for them to hide a missile on a ship carrying shipping containers, and launch an EMP style attack from a hundred miles from our shores?


“In addition to that written above, this is most certainly a possibility. The USGOV certainly appears to be bolstering East Coast surveillance and defenses against some type of threat.

Consider the following:

In January, it was announced that the U.S. defense department would be closing down a balloon surveillance program being run on the U.S. / Mexico border known as TARS, or the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which was an aerostat-borne surveillance program used to support counter-narcotic operations, mostly in southern border regions. Four TARS are deployed in Texas, two in Arizona and one in New Mexico, Florida, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.

In news released this February, a system similar to TARS known as JLENS, or the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System will soon be deployed around Washington DC. This begs the question: Why would such a surveillance system need to be “tested” around our the National Capital Region, already one of the most heavily monitored and defended areas in the country?”


While Iran obviously cannot stand toe-to-toe with the military might of the United States, they don’t need to in order to bring the USA to its knees. Look at how much Al-Qaeda was able to accomplish with just three planes.

I’m no chicken-little, claiming the sky is falling, but when someone makes claims that they want to destroy you and then show up at your front door, it is prudent to start acting like they believe they can and that they want to try.

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  1. Leonard says:

    I’m amazed that none of our enemies has figured out that they could bribe their way into Mexico, and launch an attack from across the open border…

    • Chris Ray says:

      Oh I think they have. Just like terrorists were here on student visa’s before 9-11, we only knew that they knew about it when something went very bad and there was a massive amount of investigation to uncover it.

  2. IF Iran can get a nuclear-loaded missile close to the US atlantic coast, & shoot it over the US, would such an EMP cause enough fallout to kill electronics in just a regional area, the entire eastern coastline, or most of the mainline US? Does that depend on the size of the nuclear bomb?

    Also, do we have any idea of how long it’d take Iran’s aging warships to cross the Mediterranean & Atlantic?

    Being in the south central US, we’re not near the eastern coastline, but we are not yet adequately prepared to lose all our electrical power.

    • Chris Ray says:

      I think there are so many factors that come into play that I don’t think anyone really knows.

      Let’s say that one isn’t enough to take down the grid nation wide and only states east of the Mississippi are affected. The west coast might still have power, but I think things would be far from normal.

      There is always the possibility that they could send one container ship to each coast.

  3. Carl Rooker says:

    I am not too concernd about this Iranian Fleet (2 ships) per se, but I would have no trouble believing they are decoys to keep our eyes off of a real threat. If they should go so far as to start a ruckus, I would be very concerned about this scenario.

  4. Son of Liberty says:

    If you will remember in my book, “DISCOVERY TO CATASTROPHE,” this very scenario occurred. The resulting EMP that rippled across the land threw the US into a total economic collapse as all electricity was fried from central Canada through northern Mexico, and from coast to coast. Only Alaska and Hawaii were spared because of their distance from the epicenter,

    I think it is STRONG possibility as they have pledged to bring the ‘great Satan’ (US) to it’s knees. That would certainly do it.

    There are other things they could, and in the book, do — to bring America to it’s knees. I encourage readers to read the book DISCOVERY TO CATASTROPHE to see other possible scenario that could potentially play out.


    Son of Liberty

  5. John Price’s book “End of America” is an excellent read with regards to this subject, as well as Biblical prophecies regarding the US and radical Islam.

  6. Pete R. says:

    Joel Skousen has a great book/map called ” Strategic Relocation” North Korea

    seems to be the most vulnerable to the US then is Iran , The east and west coast

    are vulnerable to potential nuclear strikes as our open borders to the north and

    south are to vicious terrorists . May Our Lord watch over us !


  7. Good article! I have been trying to figure out how to tell the difference between say a nuclear detonation a couple hundred feet over the US vs. an nuclear blast say in your state which causes an EMP….. How would you know when to be concerned about fallout/sheltering? Or would you be concerned about fallout in both situations? Any insight would be very greatly appreciated!! Thanks.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Glad you liked it Shawn.

      Fallout is caused by radiation attaching to dirt and other debris that falls back to earth. I don’t believe we’ll see fallout from an EMP, because the explosion would happen in the stratosphere where there wouldn’t be debris for the radiation to attach to. Here is an article I wrote on sheltering against fallout http://preparedchristian.net/nuclear-preparedness-shelter/

  8. Chris, Thanks for the feedback, just read the other article which was even more informative….thank you! So to clarify, is an EMP only produced as an effect of a nuclear detonation hundreds of miles above the US and not if there were say a nuclear ground burst? Basically I want to know if everything goes black, do I need to worry about fallout and sheltering (assuming communications are down)? Thanks again, I find myself at your site to wade thru all the bologna out there:)

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thanks Shawn, I’m glad I can help.

      Yes, and EMP is only possible in the stratosphere, and I don’t believe radiation from it is a concern. However, an EMP could be the first attack, with traditional or dirty nuclear attacks following. Because of this, there isn’t a definitive answer to what you should expect if things go black. I have a Nuke Alert, which you can get from Threat Journal my sponsor with the “Radiation Emergencies” banner, it will tell you if radiation is detected. They have several items that would be helpful for detecting and treating radiation.

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