We receive a large number of requests from people who want to know how well Xumm would survive a natural disaster, an EMP, a Solar Flare or other catastrophic events. Although such events are rare or hypothetical, they do present a possible danger when it comes to your funds, so let's consider the possibilities...
What is an EMP?
An EMP stands for ElectroMagnetic Pulse. It is brief burst of electromagnetic energy that can disrupt communications, damage electronic equipment and in some cases, physically damage objects such as buildings and aircraft. An EMP can be generated naturally or artificially (nuclear weapons) but in either case, it could cause severe damage to electrical grids and/or communication lines.
What is an Solar Flare?
A solar flare is an intense eruption of electromagnetic radiation in the Sun's atmosphere. While a solar flare is not directly dangerous to humans there is a possibility that the effects of a large solar flare could be similar to an EMP.
What is the concern here?
The main concern is that any event that effects the electrical grid or the communication infrastructure of a country, continent, or even the world, would impact the XRP Ledger and therefore put your XRP in danger of being destroyed or becoming inaccessible.
How the XRP Ledger works
The XRP Ledger is run on network validators and full history nodes which are distributed all over the world. With so many machines operated in different geographical locations, with different levels of redundancy on a per machine, per location basis and on a mixture of hardware, it is highly unlikely that the same disaster could effect a critical amount of them. Since your XRP exists on the XRPL, as long as even 1 validator or full history node exists, your XRP still exists. EVERY validator and full history node would need to be destroyed in order for your funds to be lost.
How does this effect Xumm?
Since your XRP exists on the XRP Leger, your funds exist as long as the XRP Ledger is still operational, however, there are other issues to consider.
- Was your phone effected by the event? Does it still function? Can it still be charged?
Xumm only works on cellular devices, so you still need a fully operational phone order for Xumm work, let's assume that your phone has survived the event and is still fully functional and you have a way to charge it.
- Was the internet or cellular network effected by the event?
Xumm needs a way to connect to the internet/cellular network in order to access the XRP Ledger. If you can not connect, you can not access your funds.
- What does a post EMP/Solar Flare/Natural Disaster world look like?
Is your plan to use your XRP to barter/purchase items and services? Is the plan to replace the current system of finance with the XRPL after the event?
- Has anyone else been as diligent as you?
We certainly appreciate all of your preparations, but a network is only as useful as the people who use and maintain it. If you are the only one who has an operational validator, an operational phone and an operational cellular tower, than a network of one person is not going to be super helpful.
What about my Xumm Tangem cards?
Tangem cards pass rigorous testing and can withstand environmental extremes, occasional mechanical deformation, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), electrostatic discharge (ESD) and X-rays within limits defined in ISO7810 standard.
You can learn more about technical specifications of the Tangem cards by visiting their website here:
Xumm is a non custodial (un-hosted), XRP Ledger wallet that allows you to create and manage XRP Ledger accounts in a safe, secure and user friendly way. It is not effected by EMPs, Solar Flares or Natural Disasters. What could be effected by these events is the infrastructure required to access the XRP Ledger. If you are unable to access the XRPL, Xumm is not going to be much use to you.
We understand that you might have additional questions regarding this topic so you are welcome to contact us any time via the Xumm Support xApp in Xumm or you can simply scan this QR code with Xumm and be directed there automatically.