Hello, Diddly Doo. Are you and I related? Pleased to meetcher. :D
I guess you're writing a story and want a scenario in which we've been thrown back to the dark ages.
Two possibilities come to mind: A space event, such as a near miss with a comet (which itself would need to have some special qualities) … Read more
Soul Fly gives a good example of a natural disaster.
A "man made" cause would be widespread use of EMP. A few devices set off in orbit would have the same effect.
And without electricity, I don't doubt there would be widespread death in developed/industrialized nations.
Just the lack of air conditioning in the summer, or … Read more
Some scientists believe a large enough solar flare could knock out the power grids on a global scale which would leave the earth in darkness for around a decade or more.