September 12, 2005
Brief outage

In case you're wondering why this site was unavailable earlier, it's because my webhost was affected by this.

A power failure in Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city, darkened downtown and several nearby cities, trapping people in elevators, disrupting refineries and snarling traffic.

The blackout started around 12:35 p.m. local time, and almost all who lost power had it restored by 2 p.m., said Kim Hughes, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipal utility.

Power was lost in an area with about 2 million people after a worker with the utility accidentally overloaded a transmission line, tripping circuit protectors, Hughes said. Overloading the line caused an automatic shutdown of other lines to prevent damage to equipment.

"We wanted to put too many cars on the wrong freeway," Hughes said. "The system put the brakes on."

Obviously, we're back up and running again, though my mail server is still unavailable at the time of this writing. Hope everyone in the affected area is all right now.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 12, 2005 to Administrivia | TrackBack