August 15th, 2003


Brownout: cause still unknown?

"We're the world's greatest superpower, but we have a Third World electricity grid," said Richardson, governor of New Mexico.

⋅ ABC News ⋅

The canadian premiere, of course, said it was a lightning hitting a power station on the "New York side of the Canadian-American border", something like that.

However, Collapse ). In addition, it seems the software and hardware safety system did not work as it was supposed to and failed to prevent the ripple effect.

Good news: air traffic control, many (why not all?) hospitals, financial institutions were operating on backup power, smoothly.

Good news: very little looting reported, so far (some in Detroit, I believe).

Total about 50 million people were affected.

Sources: [ABC NewsABC NewsABC News]
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