North-American Mégapanne of 2003
It is about the greatest energy catastrophe of the history of the continent, the damage rise to six billion American dollars. The majority of the technology sectors are slowed down, but industry starts again the next day quickly.
OriginIts origin comes primarily from the stop of several powerplants August 12th and 13rd, as well as the cut of several lines of 345kV in the Ohio, by négligeance of the company FirstEnergy. By effect of cascade in this period of strong consumption, the breakdown extends in a few hours on 256 powerplants,
ConsequencesPublicly, Wall Street, Manhattan and the the United Nations is in the darkness, like Toronto, Cleveland, Rochester and Ottawa. The events are rather early compared with the Panne of the North-East of 1965.
Caused concern has implication policies: the American and Canadian leaders exchange the responsibilities for the damage initially, even if it proved that no side is not really to blame. It is nevertheless about a turning in the careers of Michael Bloomberg, Jean Chrétien, Ernie Eves and Mel Lastman.
An investigation is open to determine which measurements to take to preserve electricity: it is revealed that the North-American system of transmission is very defective, even third-mondiste. The governments are quickly committed reinvesting in the financing of the network.
The North-American mégapanne is médiatisée much than the Italian Power failure of 2003 and the London Power failure of 2003. In Baghdad, the situation causes the irony, whereas the inhabitants wait after the American invasion to find electricity.
The province of Quebec remained unscathed because its official energy network is not related to the remainder of the continent.
Blackout of New YorkWith New York, whereas after midday is sunny, the New Yorkeans are found plunged into full " Blackout".
With Manhattan, the buildings are emptied little by little as the streets fill pedestrians. Some take the initiative to make circulation, others telephone. But nobody knows really what occurs. By chance, the cut occurred in full day, thus minimizing its psychological impact on the population. Under ground, hundreds of people are blocked in tens of oars of Métro. Then begin a true course of the combatant for those which wish to return on their premises. The floods of forced walkers invest the bridges which connect Manhattan to the other districts of the city. Many others prepare to remain on the spot and organize campings of fortune. Grand Exchange Station for example will be transformed into giant dormitory. At the falling night, certain New Yorkeans organize Apéro S in the streets, enlightened with the candle. Astonishing vision of the city. Several " blocks" were not touched by the cut. For the others, whose Time Public garden, it will be necessary nearly 4 days so that the situation becomes again normal.
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