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Old 08-28-2003, 02:37 PM   #1
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Now London Loses Power???

from CNN.com...

Power cut cripples London
Thursday, August 28, 2003 Posted: 2:31 PM EDT (1831 GMT)



LONDON, England (CNN) -- Passengers were trapped on the London Underground as a power outage struck the city during evening rush hour Thursday.

"We have lost supplies to large parts of south London in the last few minutes as a result of a National Grid failure supply in the south London area," a spokesman for electricity network operator EDF Energy told Britain's Press Association.

"It's difficult to predict how long this is going to take. National Grid has got to get the circuit back."

A spokesman for London Underground said 60 percent of the subway system had been halted by the outage, including the majority of services in central London. The failure happened around 6:15 p.m.

Thousands of people took to the streets as dusk approached. Street lights in some parts of London were not working in scenes reminiscent of the blackout that hit North America earlier this month.

London Underground said the power failure was having a "serious" impact on the whole of the city's metro network. Rail services from major stations including Victoria, London Bridge and Waterloo were also affected.

"There has been a National Grid failure which has affected the underground. At the moment we are assessing the impact of that, but it is having a serious impact on the whole system at the moment," a spokesman for the London Underground said.

He added: "It's also having an affect on some of our buildings. Certainly quite a lot of the network appears to be affected."

An Underground spokesman told Reuters: "Trains in stations are being evacuated. We're trying to get alternative power sources started."

"There will be travelers underground. I don't know the extent of that yet. It's at the end of rush hour, the peak period, so it's a busy time."

A spokesman for British Transport Police said the power cut had affected all major railway stations in south London.

"There is no power in a lot of stations and no trains running in the whole of south London," he said.

"All major stations -- Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo -- are affected and all main train lines have stopped.

"Some stations are in darkness and others have emergency lighting."

Euston Station was evacuated because of overcrowding, apparently because passengers could not get on the Underground.
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I'm watching the news now...apparently some people were stuck on trains in the underground and had to be evacuated. Scary stuff.
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This is just too big of a coincidence - if in fact it is one.
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Are they on the same power grid too?
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I hope they get through this safely.
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Looks like it was just temporary... http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ergy_london_dc

Geez.
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One of my friends just called me from London Bridge...he's been stuck there over an hour now.
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Ken Livingstone (mayor of London) was just on tv saying it's most likely a failure with the national grid, a little bit similar to what happened in the US a few weeks back. The power's back on now and so they're just moving trains to the next station so people don't have to walk through tunnels or anything.

And I'm officially glad I'm not in London because trying to get a but in London is just too complicated for me.
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Well, from my understanding of things, even though I havent been home for nearly two weeks and hadnt heard about this until just now... from people in England with whom I chat on IRC, it has been unbearably hot these recent weeks - and, it should be no great leap of logic, that when it gets hot out, power consumption increases greatly, just like when it gets really cold. Unfortunately, with the supply and demand system as it is, governments and power utilities seem to like having just barely enough electricity rather than having it in excess, and even when it is in excess its then sold to other consumers so that its just barely enough again. If I remember the one report from Ontario a while back, it would seem that we have come within 1000 kW of a power outage on numerous ocassions, and its just a miracle that it took this long for the systems to fail - I would suspect the case is the same with England.

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Just to throw in a little twist. there are some reports surfacing that there was some questionable trading going on in the London stock market before the power in the U.S. went out.

It was reported that there was extremely heavy trading going on with a company that manufactures power equipment including power regulators, and other products that would be used at power plants just 4 hours before the blackout in the U.S.

It was trading at 20 times it's normal level and went from 43 a share to 54 a share in the two days preceding the blackout.

At first I thought it was too much of a stretch for the trading to be happening in London and then the blackout is in the U.S. - but now it happened there. Pretty weird.

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I heard it had something to do with Mars being so close to the Earth.
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Anyone have any other conspiracy theories to throw out there?
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i like the mars theory.
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Anyone have any other conspiracy theories to throw out there?
No one's blamed GWB yet?!
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that is because it is understood.
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