Lights Out! Huge Power Outage Hits San Francisco and NYC
21 April, 2017
Power outages hit Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, leaving commuters stranded and traffic backed up Friday. About 90,000 customers were affected in San Francisco.
"Total Chaos" - Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures
21 April, 2017
Via : Inverse
The San Francisco Fire Department was responding to more than 100 calls for service in the Financial District and beyond, including 20 elevators with people stuck inside, but reported no immediate injuries. Everywhere, sirens blared as engines maneuvered along streets jammed with traffic.
Traffic lights were out at scores of intersections, and cars were backing up on downtown streets as drivers grew frustrated and honked at each other.
Via: SF Gate
It isn’t just EMPs and natural disaster that poses a threat to the grid, but there is also the potential for attacks on individual power substations in the vast network of decentralized and largely unguarded power grid chain. A U.S. government study established that there would be “major, extended blackouts if more than three key substations were destroyed.”
Whether by criminals, looters, terrorists, gangs or pranksters, it would take very little to bring down the present system, and there is currently very little the system can do to protect against this wide open threat.
Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.
Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
Inability to access money via atm machines
Payroll service interruptions
Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
Inability to have access to clean drinking water
A series of power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is no evidence (yet) that they were connected by anything more than coincidence. Given the sudden and unusual nature of the outages, SuperStation95 inquired of our sources in the Department of Homeland Security who told us:
Power Outage in New York Friday
The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.
The MTA and Con Ed are still working to determine the cause of the outage.
Power Outage in Los Angeles Friday
Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.
The outage sent frustrated fliers onto Twitter to comment.
Major power outage at LAX.... I had to trot every stair... God has a way of making me exercise....
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) April 21, 2017
Power outage at #LAX B terminal. Just trying to get home :(
— GSpizzle (@GarrettSpy) April 21, 2017
While the outage was an inconvenience, it does not appear to be as widespread as it’s San Francisco counterpart.
Power Outage in San Francisco Friday
By far the largest outage of the morning happened in San Francisco, where, as of 1 p.m., it appears that the majority of the city is out of commission.
The @internetarchive is offline because of a power outage in San Francisco.
— Internet Archive (@internetarchive) April 21, 2017
The massive outage is closing BART stations, shutting down traffic signals, and affecting office buildings. Residents and workers in the area are calling it “totally surreal.”
SF #PowerOutage totally surreal pic.twitter.com/PyIMQYBVN8
— Dylan Gale (@dylanmgale) April 21, 2017
Pictures show blocks of stalled traffic as drivers struggle to navigate without stoplights. SF Gate reports that no injuries have been reported yet in connection to the outage.
Traffic just a littttle backed up due to the #poweroutage in SF. pic.twitter.com/NjTcmRvZxv
— Will Stickney (@WillStick) April 21, 2017
The San Francisco outage appears to have begun sometime around noon Eastern, 9 a.m. local time, and there is no end presently in sight. Areas confirmed to be even more affected include the entirety of the financial district, parts of SoMa, Richmond, Nob Hill, and Pacific Heights.
I can personally attest that power is out in inner Richmond, Nob hill and financial district. Will post if we get more updates.
— Richmond SF Blog (@richmondsfblog) April 21, 2017
Pacific Gas and Electric’s own outage map shows thousands affected and current estimates indicate that the outage is hitting up to 100,000 customers.