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Two North Korean Submarines Allegedly Missing

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Two North Korean submarines have reportedly disappeared from port. Although the subs were last seen at a naval base in the Hwanghae Province in early April, the news is just now filtering out to media outlets. While the capability of North Korea to shoot a long-range missile at the United States has largely been nixed during press conference about EMP attack threats, the possibility of a missile attack from a submarine has rarely been mentioned.

The thought of missing North Korean subs aiming a missile at a coastal city is causing concern for some Americans. While any coastal city could become a target, some analysts think California is a very likely location. If North Korea shot a missile along the coast of the state, some feel than an earthquake could occur and allow the attack to go largely undetected – at least for a time.

North Korea also allegedly bought 1,452 pounds of silver from China. Some researchers believe the silver was purchased to use for batteries on the Sang-O (Shark) mini-subs. Generals in the North Korean Navy allegedly feel the Shark submarines are viable weapons which could be used against both America and South Korea. The Sang-O submarines are typically considered coastal submarines. The subs can reportedly carry at least 15 crew members and a dozen scuba commandos.

While many Americans might believe that a missing North Korean submarine trolling the coast would quickly be detected, that may not necessarily be the case. During a recent discussion about the EMP Commission, Dr. William Forstchen highlighted just how real the possibility is for an EMP attack from a cargo ship or a submarine.

In 2012, a Russian boomer went unnoticed for nearly a month in US waters on the Gulf of Mexico. The nuclear-powered submarine sighting was not the only such occurrence in recent history. In 2009, another Russian submarine patrolled very close to the United States. The incident happened about the same time as Russian bombers were spotted in restricted airspace near Alaska and California.

Dr. Forstchen, a North Carolina college professor, also told The Inquisitr just how woefully unprepared America is for an EMP attack. The professor wrote the bestselling novel One Second After. The book details the chaos which occurred in a small town after an EMP attack. His research was cited on the floor of Congress during discussions about EMP threats and the vulnerability of the power grid.

As the renowned professor so aptly noted, life as we know it would end without a functioning power grid. The nation’s electrical systems could be repaired, but most of the necessary components are made in China. The time frame to repair a downed power grid is a hotly disputed topic, but a quick flip of the switch after a visit to the storage room would not be a possibility. Many experts feel that it would take months, if not years, to get the overly-taxed power grid back online.

The bestselling author also pointed out the many ways a downed power grid would increase the EMP attack death toll sooner rather than later. The most obvious and immediate impact would involve the thousands of Americans who would perish when planes near the EMP zone would fall from the sky.

Without power, hospitals with still-functioning generators would not be able to keep patients alive after they run out of stored fuel. Grocery stores would reportedly have only empty shelves after about three days, leaving those without a garden or ability to hunt or fish with very empty stomachs. Civil unrest would also cause an unthinkable amount of deaths, according to Dr. Forstchen.

The EMP Commission was established under a Republican-controlled Congress in 2001. The commission was re-established under a Democratic majority in 2006. The EMP preparedness commission was disbanded in 2008. EMPact America is an outspoken advocate for re-convening the Congressional commission to further preparedness efforts.

How concerned are you about the missing North Korea missing submarines and the possibility of a downed power grid?

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13 Responses to “Two North Korean Submarines Allegedly Missing”

  1. Trevor Pyle

    This is just about the dumbest article I've read in a long time. First of all, these submarines lack the endurance for a 6,000 mile voyage. Second they don't have the carrying capacity for a short range or medium range ballistic missile capable of launching a nuclear weapon into the mesosphere. Third, since such an attack would result in the immediate destruction of their country, its out of the question for a nation and regime that is focused on survival. Fourth, why waste a nuke on the iffy proposition of creating an EMP (which, as proven by Starfish Prime and several other tests in the 60's, is hard to do reliably), when they could irreparably damage our nation by taking out a major city. (Any weapon large enough to create a widespread destructuve EMP would have to be in the high kiloton or megaton range).
    Please PLEASE stop writing this crap. You obviously have no freaking idea what you are talking about and you need to stop. The world is a du.

  2. Ron Kemp

    Maybe they could stop in Hawaii and refuel…lol. On the other hand, it's suspected that a NK sub sank a SK sub in 2010. More of that kind of violence is quite possible. The rest of the article is moronic crap, though.

  3. David McElroy

    I agree, Trevor Pyle! The North Korean Navy submarines are not missile launchers, and most are in the "midget" category. Their biggest and best subs are diesel electrics for coastal patrol and not much more advanced than our US submarines of the 1950's. The North Korean ICBM's are the real threat, and one rather easily countered by our anti-missile defenses.