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Thursday, August 14, 2003. :   North America suffers a power outage affecting over 50 million people.

     The United States has suffered a number of major power outages in the last few decades, with millions of consumers affected in 1965, 1977 and 1996. To date, the biggest was the one that occurred in the middle of summer, on 14 August 2003, hitting the northeastern states and Canada.

50 million people were affected in a massive breakdown in the power grid which was initially attributed to terrorist attack. However, investigations later indicated that the fault lay mainly with the Ohio-based plant operator, FirstEnergy. When one of FirstEnergy's plants shut down unexpectedly, it severed a major supply route into the main electrical grid. The alarm system failed to alert employees to the problem, meaning that the plant did not opt out of the electrical grid. This created enormous extra demands on neighbouring power grids, which in turn caused overloading, and ultimately led to a domino effect as other power supplies failed one by one. Many areas had power restored within 30 hours, although full service to all affected areas was not restored for a week.


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I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.
Philippians 4:13 (c) GNB
When adversity strikes, as it unexpectedly does, ask God for strength and wisdom. You will be answered.

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