If were were to be hit with a CME like what happened in the late 1800's would it have the same devastating EMP effect as what we have read about EMP bombs going on and trashing electronics and wired devices, would it be worse, is it unknown what the real effects would be. If it happened before it will happen again eventually but the difference now is how much we rely on electronics. Solar Storms Building Toward Peak in 2013, NASA Predicts - Yahoo! News Would something like a solar flare or EMP have any effect on devices like flashlights or battery operated radios ect.?