1. The subway trains would come to a halt
2. The traffic signals would not work
3. Aircrafts would not be able to land and take-off because there would be no power at the terminals to guide and direct them
4. The communication system would fail
5. They would not be able to operate computers and businesses big and small would suffer
6. Freezers and billing counters in supermarkets would go in a blink.
7. Elevators in skyscrapers would not work
8. They'd have problem pumping water and heating homes and cooking, without electricity
9. Hospitals treating critically ill patients, especially those on life-support system would have a problem providing the right care
10. There would be more episodes of mugging
11. Their ATMs would not work and card transactions would not be possible
For someone who is used to a certain standard of living, going back to the stone age, and surviving it, would be quite difficult.
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1. Medical equipment and machines will not work without electricity.
2. If it is a cold region, people need a heater to survive or a Air conditioner if it is a hot region. Climates of different countries vary. In India, the climate is nice that may be we can adjust without electricity but imagine in a deserted area, staying without electricity. The heat will be too much that the body can't take. Similarly for cold countries.
3. Earlier there were lot of trees and less number of buildings hence climate was much more better.
4. Telecommunication system will completely stop without electricity. No internet no telephones.
5. In every factory, electricity is required hence no food items and no basic needs will be met.
Then how will people survive 365 days, It is no doubt a difficult situation and lets hope that such a disaster will not happen to any country.
"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"
If at this happens, humans will go to survival mode. Looking and securing basic things - Air, water, food and shelter. Yes, we can survive but not all of us because nature's law would be survival of the fittest.
Lack of electricity would have impacted the life care support needed for hospitals, they can still be run on back up generator. Yes, EMP cannot destroy solar panels, vintage electronic and battery operated devices and anything within a metal cage ( like a metal storehouse or warehouse).
Next would come the list of events that the other members have mentioned, to me if, arson and violence are dealt with, the rest may not be as essential as it sounds. Back to the EMP attack scenario, any device that does not have solid state electronics would survive, even some modern cars can survive it seems.
Most of us can survive making changes and supporting each other. It's estimated that major top-end electric girds would take 10-12 months to be replaced after an EMP attack in a major country.
I just hope it stays in movies and books only.
However human ingenuity will work then and will find new ways of survival and existence. As far Sun and Moon are existing, humans will try and get that energy converted to other forms of usable energy. Probably human civilisation may take a retreat path and start all over again.
I shall quote a Malayalam verse with the same core meaning:
" Andakadaaham, thiLakkunnor aaditya
Bimbavum kettupom enkilaatte;
Akkari oothippidippichu mattoru
Theekkatta undaakkum sarga shakti."
( Let the universal energy, even the burning Sun also loses its fire-glow, human ingenuity and creativity will make a new fireball by blowing on the dying embers)
The Hindu Vedic texts say that there will be cycles of destruction and creation in the universe.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease