Lessons from the Massive United Kingdom Power Outage

In the midst of rush hour on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, the power went out in London, and in large sections of England and Wales. This blackout caused major disruptions.

The Telegraph (UK) reported: “People at the ­[Ipswich] hospital said that parts of it were left in ‘complete darkness,’ with sirens going off when the power cut hit.

A hospital spokeswoman said it was ‘too early’ to say whether there was a fault, but assured staff ‘helped keep patients safe’ during the power ­outage.

Rail commuters experienced ­disruption and delays, while motorists found some traffic lights out of action. 

Around 300,000 homes and ­businesses were affected in London and the South East, a UK Power ­Networks spokesman said.

Western Power ­Distribution said around 500,000 ­people were hit in the Midlands, South West and Wales, with power restored shortly after 6 p.m.

Northern Powergrid, which serves Yorkshire and the North East, said 110,000 people lost power. …”

According to the BBC: “The power outage happened at about 17:00 BST on Friday, National Grid said, with blackouts across the midlands, the south east, south west, north west and north east of England, and Wales.

National Grid said its systems were not to blame and the outage was caused by the loss of two generators.

Industry experts said that a gas-fired power station at Little Barford, Bedfordshire, failed at 16:58, followed, two minutes later, by the Hornsea offshore wind farm disconnecting from the grid. …”

The disruption caused chaos and anger from residents and politicians alike, who demanded an investigation into the incident.

Not a Cyber Attack – According to Authorities

The Daily Mail (UK) announced that the government has launched an investigation into causes of this blackout.

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