U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for November 9
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9: EAST COAST BLACKOUT
Profile America — Tuesday, November 9th. Forty-five years ago, an eerie darkness spread over much of the Northeastern United States from Canada beginning at 5:16 p.m. A massive electrical blackout caused by human error eventually enveloped 80,000 square miles, putting the health and safety of 30 million people at risk for up to 12 long hours. Even though the power failure of August 2003 affected more people, the 1965 outage is still the best remembered major blackout. Each year, more than 4 trillion kilowatts of electricity are generated by U.S. power companies. The average household consumes more than 11,000 kilowatts annually at a cost of over $1,200. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2010, p. 554
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 910, 917
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau