Specialists told the House of Representatives – part of Congress – an impact from an EMP could wipe out the power network and every electrical gadget inside the impact range.
Dr William R Graham and Dr Peter Vincent Pry, from the EMP Commission, told individuals coolers, lights, water and specialized gadgets would end up noticeably void if a nuclear bomb exploded at a height of 30 to 400km over an objective.
What’s more, the impact could wind up executing 90 for every penny of American in a roundabout way, alongside bringing down planes in flight and make trains stop in their tracks.
In a statement, the pair said: “With the development of small nuclear arsenals and long-range missiles by new, radical US adversaries, beginning with North Korea, the threat of a nuclear EMP attack against the US becomes one of the few ways that such a country could inflict devastating damage to the United States.
North Korea has long boasted about its ability to bring down the United State’s financial systems and transport networks with a series of EMP attacks.
And the hermit state previously claimed it had two satellites in an “ideal altitude” to launch such an attack against the USA.