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#1 13 years ago

BBC NEWS | Europe | Barcelona blackout into third day

Barcelona has recently been struck by a huge powerfailure...such a thing can create total chaos in such a large city.

Such a thing can happen to any great city, which raises the question, are we too dependant on electricity in the big cities?

For example, if the electricity goes, so go the frozen foods...seeing as only few people have cellars in towns...Do you think it would be possible to continue living in a big city for more than a month without electricity? I know they could do it a century ago, but what about now?:uhm:

In my opinion, it would be very difficult to survive over a month in a very large city, such as London or Helsinki. Most people won't be able to work, seeing as a lot of people work with computers, and probably they wouldn't be able to earn their wages. They wouldn't be able to withdraw money from cash machines...because they need electricity too. And this would be dreadful, seeing as there would probably be an inflation of food prices. City lighting is the least of the problems, I am more worried about the water clensing facilities, seeing as they too probably use electricity. But maybe this is just my speculative mind playing around here, what do you think?


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#2 13 years ago

I wouldn't be too worried about it as long as it is just one or a few cities, if the entire country was blacked out it think you have bigger things to worry about than food and sanitation. (wwIII :P)

It wouldn't take too long for hard-to-spoil food and bottled water to find itself into the city, i mean.. unless you are poor and live in the States.


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#3 13 years ago

It would be very hard for me to live without power... *shiver*



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#4 13 years ago

We have quite a dependence on electricity, yes, but I don't see any way out of this in the near future. We're going to need somebody to invent the next new thing to sustain us, or we're going to stay with electricity indefinately. And if anybody was wondering, China is building up their military. Why? To show off? Nah, they're getting ready for a huge war...but that's kind of off topic, isn't it?


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#5 13 years ago

That’s why you should have Jenny’s. (Generators) I'm actually in the market for some (just in case), and I someday hope to have a minimal reliance on electricity via both solar and wind.


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#6 13 years ago

No electircity=No Computer=No Internet. Case closed :D

Though really, iirc there was a mass power failure around the northeastern US and nearby Canada recently. According to Wiki, Industry died, there was a mass loss of communication, transportation was difficult and water was in shortage and normal sources were tainted.

Northeast Blackout of 2003 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The question that interests me however, is what would happen if there was a continental blackout of, say, the Americas? What would happen if EMP devices were developed to such a degree (w/out needing a nuclear weapon) they had the ability to do something like this?


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#7 13 years ago

If you want to see what it would be like look at New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. People managed to survive just fine IF they had access to supplies. some died due to disease and no access to modern medical supplies and equipment and there was rampant looting.

If my power were cut off tomorrow I would cry as I would have no cable TV or computer to occuply my time.

Then I would probably get a million chores done that I have put off because I was watching TV or on the PC.

Having had numerous power outages I stock water and dry food and non perishable items. I dont even own a electric can opener.

Now if my manual can opener breaks Im screwed, I dont even have any large pointy rocks in the yard. Id be down to eating dry ramen noodles (dont knock it til you try it), and beef jerky.

Nemmerle Advanced Member

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#8 13 years ago

Electricity is just a way of making our many different energy sources into an easily managable pool. While we are over-dependant on things like oil, natural gases, and coal - whose bell curves tend to fall sometime during this century - electricity itself is actually just a way of managing energy. Of course we should be trying to move away from legacy sources of energy like coal, if we don't it's going to be the great depression all over again and then one day there just won't be any food in the shops, mass rioting, wide-scale break down of social order, and possibly a second darkages.

masked_marsoe Advanced Member

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#9 13 years ago
Now if my manual can opener breaks Im screwed

A sturdy kitchen knife works fine. All the can openers in my house are screwed, so we just use knives instead.

I would be pretty badly affected, as I rarely have cash around, and never stock enough food to last me more than a couple of days. However, we do get good advice from Civil Defence (the earthquake risk here is high), and I could certainly survive in my house for a week, without picking up more supplies.

After that, I'd probably head over to my parents house, a couple of hours walk.


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#10 13 years ago

A Faraday cage works fine to protect just about anything from an EMP. As towards electricity and dependence, I think it's always good to have a purely mechanical backup, and when I eventually get the funds to do so, I'll build my house with said backups for the sewage system, and the in-flow water systems, thus power or no power, I will have a working toilet, shower, and faucets, but I'll have to do a little manual labor to actually get them to work.