Black Out In California
September 9, 2011 by USA Post
Black Out In California, Massive power outage caused by human error caused more than 5 million people without electricity in southern California and parts of Arizona and Mexico, the power utility, said the alert service can not be restored for a day.
A botched procedure by an employee of Arizona Public Service power in a small town, unleashing a chain of events that brought to power in a wide swath of south-west, the usefulness of Arizona, said. High-power electricity to Southern California failed in the first place.
Minutes later, leading to a crash in California San Onofre nuclear power plant, a second important source of energy in northern San Diego, which closed, San Diego Gas and Electric, said.
San Diego Airport said it canceled all flights out; traffic was halted as the city’s streetlights, stop smoking and about 70 people had to be rescued by firefighters from the city of stalled elevators.
But police in the second largest city in California, located between Los Angeles and the border with Mexico, reported no major problems and successfully hospital backup power.
San Diego schools were ordered closed until Monday as utilities can not guarantee that it would be able to turn the lights on in classrooms.
“There was a major failure, a cut across the region,” said San Diego Gas and Electric President Mike Niggli.
“There is no doubt that this has never happened before in our system.”
Arizona utility APS said an employee near the small city of Yuma has carried out a “procedure” in a local substation that caused the blackout. Safeguards system then could not stop the problem spreading.
“It seems that there are two failures here -. It is human error and the other is a system failure of the two will be addressed,” said spokesman Damon Gross.
San Diego Gas and Electric transmission has been restored to two transmission lines of the principals involved in the crisis, but the company warned customers that the power cannot be restored overnight.
“Be prepared to spend the night at home without power,” said the utility.
Trapped without refrigeration, employees in the Sea Cardiff Market, a supermarket and specialty food shop in the city of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, north of San Diego, began grilling your inventory of fresh tuna steaks and in the parking lot and fired at passers-sale for cash.
Meanwhile, a line of about 50 customers waiting in the doorway of his turn to be carried within an employee to shop in groups of two or three at a time.
“It’s very hectic, there are lines everywhere. However, customers are happy, patients around the world, all in good humor, and we are serving them as fast as we can,” said manager John Shamama while serving a plate of tuna.
Many of the tweets of the residents of San Diego focused on air conditioning.
“I’m going to die of heat in this house there is no air conditioning!” Ashleigh Marie wrote. “What am I supposed to dooo.”
But San Diego resident Kiersten White Twitter that the outage “I’m happy I have no air conditioning to begin with … nothing to lose!”
Other people were having a difficult time. “Caught out of our hotel rooms,” wrote Rob Myers, visiting from Washington. Other members of his party were trapped in an elevator, he wrote.
Blackouts hit northern Mexico, the state of Baja California in the afternoon, knocking out power to hundreds of maquiladora export plants in all power in industrial expansion of Tijuana, south of San Diego.
Blackouts lights at crossings eliminated through Tijuana, which raises the traffic snarl, and also cut power to hospitals and government offices. The Otay Mesa border crossing was closed to traffic all but pedestrians.
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