Social media is circulating an amateur video that reports an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) will take place on November 4 – 6 and wipe out the nation’s entire power grid.
The video’s proposition that the Department of Defense is planning on wiping out electronic communication is likely false. According to the DoD, a drill is scheduled to take place during those dates but will only be a drill to test preparedness for a ‘very bad day’ scenario, such as a massive solar flare or an intentional attack on the US power grid.
According to the DoD:
“This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity.” — Army MARS Program Manager Paul English