I'm 2/3 the way through it right now. It gives you a lot to think about, especially about how quickly difficult decisions would have to be made.
I hold small hope of the people around these parts organizing anywhere near this level of rational decision making. Imagine all the people on anti-depressants these days de-toxing at the same time? Yikes!
I wonder what this event (that happened in 1859) would do to electronics today?
Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases even shocking telegraph operators. Telegraph pylons threw sparks and telegraph paper spontaneously caught fire. Some telegraph systems appeared to continue to send and receive messages despite having been disconnected from their power supplies.