Power cut to 580,000 Tokyo homes in ma­jor black­out

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

TOKYO:

Tokyo was hit by a ma­jor black­out yes­ter­day that tem­po­rar­ily knocked out power to a to­tal 580,000 homes and some big of­fice and govern­ment build­ings, while two train lines were also brought to a halt.

Of­fi­cials said the power out­age could be traced to a fire at a fa­cil­ity run by util­ity Tokyo Elec­tric Power. The cause of the fire was not im­me­di­ately known. Tele­vi­sion footage showed plumes of black smoke bil­low­ing from street-side grates linked to an un­der­ground fa­cil­ity op­er­ated by the firm in Ni­iza City, north of Tokyo.

Po­lice re­ceived calls re­port­ing an ex­plo­sion shortly be­fore 3 pm (0600 GMT), prompt­ing 10 fire en­gines to fight the blaze, lo­cal me­dia said. Work crews rushed to re­store power in var­i­ous parts of the me­trop­o­lis and the prob­lem was fixed within an hour, the util­ity said. There were no in­juries, of­fi­cials said.

Some cen­tral govern­ment build­ings and down­town of­fice tow­ers, in­clud­ing the land­mark Marunouchi Build­ing, were also af­fected, of­fi­cials said. Two train lines were briefly shut down dur­ing the black­out, which lasted for less than two hours. —AFP

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