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India Suffers Major Power Outage
2012-07-31 15:06:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The world's largest blackout took place on Tuesday, as 620 million people were left without government supplied electricity in India for several hours. Officials said hundreds of trains were stalled across the country, and traffic lights were out, causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi when three of its regional grids collapsed. The problem, according to Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, is that states are taking more than...

2011-07-05 06:55:00

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The more drink-fueled memory blackouts students experience, the greater their risk of suffering a future injury while under the influence of alcohol, according to new research. Memory blackouts are defined as the inability to recall events. These blackouts do not refer to the loss of consciousness as a result of drinking too much. Research shows that alcohol alters nerve cell communication in the hippocampal region of the brain, which affects memory formation. About one...

2011-06-30 13:47:36

Alcohol-induced memory blackouts as an indicator of injury risk among college drinkers The higher the number of drink fuelled memory blackouts a student experiences, the greater is his/her risk of sustaining a future injury while under the influence, reveals research published online in Injury Prevention. Memory blackouts refer to the inability to recall events; they do not refer to loss of consciousness as a result of drinking too much. Research indicates that alcohol alters nerve cell...

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2008-09-18 06:50:00

An Internet outage swept through the United States after Hurricane Ike caused millions of dollars of damage in the Gulf Coast and beyond according to a firm that tracks connectivity.Renesys Corp. says Internet connections in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania were the hardest hit. However, the storm also caused outages in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. Surrounding states had scattered outages as well.It was the largest area to lose Internet connection since the...

2006-08-13 21:59:36

TOKYO (Reuters) - Power came back hours after a rare outage caused by an industrial accident affected large areas of Tokyo on Monday, darkening homes and offices, trapping people in elevators and disrupting transport and computer systems. The outage, caused when a construction crane on a boat hit power lines, started around 7:40 a.m. (2240 GMT on Sunday) as offices were opening and commuters were heading for work. Power supplies were fully restored about three hours later, and most...

2006-06-11 19:57:43

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A power blackout brought chaos to New Zealand's Auckland city on Monday, leaving thousands of houses and businesses without electricity, roads gridlocked, phone lines down and hospitals closed. The New Zealand Press Association said strong winds from a cold front that began sweeping northwards on Sunday had snapped a power line at the Otahuhu substation, the main supplier of power to the country's largest city from the south. Transpower spokesman Chris Roberts...

2005-09-12 16:36:21

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A widespread power outage hit Los Angeles on Monday, knocking out electricity to thousands of customers, snarling traffic and stranding high-rise office workers in elevators or trains as officials scrambled to determine the cause. There was no immediate evidence of foul play, but authorities declared a state of emergency shortly after the 12:35 p.m. PDT (3:35 p.m. EDT) blackout, which struck a wide swath of the city in seemingly random patches. "The city is...

2005-08-04 17:24:04

By Scott DiSavino NEW YORK (Reuters) - Demand for electricity to power air conditioners neared a record in New York on Thursday, but fell short in other regional grids despite high heat and humidity. The New York ISO, which operates the state grid for more than 19 million New Yorkers, briefly climbed above its usage record with demand at more than 32,100 megawatts by 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) on Thursday, but it did not count as an official record because it was not sustained for at least an...


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