I've heard that Moscow has had a MAJOR power failure in the last day. Many street lights and subways are without power, and well has about half the city. This is affecting networks and servers with dependencies in Moscow.
Seriously now, it is true...There were some explosions among some transformers and it caused a major black out in moscow...I wonder if it will have the same consequences as the New York blackout of a few years ago...
MOSCOW: A massive power outage in Moscow wrought havoc to the Russian capital and adjacent regions on Wednesday.
A fire in a Moscow power station led to a cascading failure reminiscent of the 2003 blackout in New York.
City transport ground to a halt, an explosion racked a chemical factory, hospitals were cut off from electricity supply and cellular telephone services shut down.
The biggest blackout in Moscow's history ripped through the city on Wednesday morning,
Power failures affected the area as far as 200 km outside Moscow, leaving 24 cities without electricity. An explosion caused by the power failure tore through a major chemical plant in Tula, sending a poisonous cloud of phenol towards the city. The outage forced a petroleum factory in Moscow to release by-product gases into the air creating a health hazard in adjacent residential areas.
Tens of thousands of commuters got stuck in trains halfway between stations and in elevators across the city. Huge traffic jams paralysed central and southern parts of the city, as traffic lights went out. Electric pumps were stalled stopping the flow of drinking water to multi-storeyed apartments in some districts of the capital. The incident was aggravated by sweltering heat as daytime temperatures hit an all-time record of 32 degrees Centigrade for this part of the year.
Fifteen hospitals suffered a blackout and the Moscow stock exchange stopped trading for several hours.
President Vladimir Putin blamed the power monopoly, Unified Energy System, for the crisis. "They should work not only on global problems about company policy and its restructuring, but also pay attention to current activity," he said in a clear jab at UES head Anatoly Chubais.
The blackout may cut short the career of Mr. Chubais..
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Can you imagine that it was deep darkness all over the Moscow & people had nothing to do except making children. I think in 9 months it will be the other flash of birth rate.It was a special means of moscow government.
ower went out in large parts of Moscow and four surrounding regions for several hours Wednesday, and President Vladimir Putin, moving with uncharacteristic speed, bluntly blamed Unified Energy Systems chief Anatoly Chubais for the outage.
The outage began at about 10 a.m. in the city and spread to the Moscow, Tula, Kaluga and Ryazan regions, leaving between 1.5 million and 2 million people without electricity.
Metro trains came to a stop, running water supplies went off and hospitals and military headquarters switched to backup generators in a rolling blackout.
Power disruptions continued in some areas late Wednesday, but Mosenergo, Moscow's electricity utility, said electricity supplies would be fully restored by morning.
The Prosecutor General's Office opened an investigation into "criminal negligence," and said that the UES chief would be summoned for questioning "within the next few hours."
President Vladimir Putin blamed the accident on incompetent management at Unified Energy Systems, the country's electricity monopoly, and -- in a departure from his usual carefully-considered reactions -- moved abruptly to take Chubais personally to task over his plans to restructure the company.
"It's quite possible to talk about a lack of attention by the UES leadership to the company's current activity," Putin said in televised remarks from the Rostov region, where he was on a visit.
"It should deal not only with the global problems of the company's policies and its restructuring, but also pay attention to its current activity."
There were no reports of accidents at strategic military facilities or federal medical centers, Putin said.
In Moscow, authorities had to evacuate 20,000 passengers from metro trains that stopped in tunnels between stations and rescue 1,500 people stranded in elevators.
Chubais was quick to assume personal responsibility for the outage and apologized for the inconvenience.
"UES and its chairman are responsible for energy supply," Chubais said. "I don't take responsibility off myself."
But he added, "Humanity has not yet learned to live without accidents."
Prosecutors said they wanted to question Chubais as soon as possible. "We understand that he currently is busy with the elimination of the consequences of the accident and restoration of power supply, however immediately afterward -- in the next few hours -- he will be summoned to investigators of the prosecutor's office for an interrogation," said Natalya Vishnyakova, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General's Office.
In Moscow, the outage had the biggest impact on public transportation and road traffic. Emergency officials said the outage affected six metro lines -- Zamoskvoretskaya (green), Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya (orange), Kalininskaya (yellow), Serpukhovskaya-Timirzyazhevszkaya (gray), Lyublinskaya (light green) and Butovskaya, a light metro in southern Moscow. It also affected businesses, hospitals and households in the southern, southeastern and southwestern areas of the city.
Electricity supply failed because an electricity transmission substation broke down as consumption began to pick up, a UES spokeswoman said.
In the metro system, many stations were without electricity and stopped admitting people, Interfax reported an unnamed official saying at the city government's headquarters that were set up to deal with the crisis.
Trolleybuses and trams also came to a halt in southern, southwestern and southeastern Moscow, the official said.
People trying to flag down gypsy taxis outside a metro station on Wednesday.
Near the Taganskaya metro station, hundreds of people tried to catch taxis, but demand outstripped the number of available cars.
To ease the traffic jams, city authorities prohibited trucks from coming into the city, while 1,000 extra buses were laid on to provide alternatives to the paralyzed metro system. The buses appeared to bring little relief.
"It's a man-made catastrophe," said Tamara Klimova, a museum employee, after walking out of Belorusskaya metro station and seeing crowds trying to board buses and catch taxis. "I don't know where I'm going to go now."
Many of the employees of Moscow's main post office did not make it to work Wednesday, spokeswoman Irina Mekhanik said.
Many households lost their supply of electricity and water because electricity-powered water pumps went dead in at least three of the city's southern districts.
Twenty-eight hospitals lost electricity, but at least 15 of them were able to use backup generators to keep treating their patients.
Traffic lights throughout the city went off, causing a surge in collisions, Rossia state television reported police as saying. The head of the city's traffic police ordered all his staff to leave their offices and direct traffic.
Commuter trains stopped running between Moscow and Tula, while long-distance trains were several hours late arriving and leaving Moscow.
Restaurants were empty at lunchtime, apparently because staff were unable to cook, or serve clients in the dark. Chefs were sitting at tables on restaurants' terraces, drinking water and chatting.
Storekeepers complained that their ice cream was melting away in their freezers, Rossia television said.
Many workers in central Moscow stood outside their office buildings, talking and smoking, waiting for the power to come back on.
Street underpasses were plunged into darkness, and pedestrians used cigarette lighters to find their way.
The cutoff of Moscow's International Telephone Station No. 9, or MMTS-9, made most Russian and foreign Internet services unavailable. The station handles more than 80 percent of Russia's Internet traffic and most intern
I would hardly call this a disaster, Izi...
No deaths related reported anywhere, no riots, not long term effects lingering...
Like Nadya said, all back to normal after a few hours.
I'm sure a lot of people got inconvenienced and pissed off, but 'disaster'??....nnaaahhh.
When I finished reading about what happen in Moscow....suddenly the light was turned off...it was a weird thing:) But after 5 minutes it was turned on again :)
Actually I find what happened in Moscow, to be not a problem at all! When we in winter didn't have light for 24 hours, no heating or no gas...nobody showed us on TV, and now it is May, warm weather...and they call it a disaster???:)))Strange people:)