Big power outage baffles German officials

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3 September 2004 , TRIER - Authorities in Germany said Friday they were still looking for the cause of an overnight electrical power failure that left up to a million people along the German and Benelux border briefly in the dark. A 220,000 voltage high-tension line on the German side of the border was thought to have been the origin of the blackout. RWE energy company crews set about checking the 65-kilometre-long line Friday. "When one key section of the European power network fails, that creates a domin

3 September 2004

TRIER - Authorities in Germany said Friday they were still looking for the cause of an overnight electrical power failure that left up to a million people along the German and Benelux border briefly in the dark.

A 220,000 voltage high-tension line on the German side of the border was thought to have been the origin of the blackout. RWE energy company crews set about checking the 65-kilometre-long line Friday.

"When one key section of the European power network fails, that creates a domino effect throughout a wide region," said RWE spokesman Rolf Lorig.

Power was out to most of Luxembourg for 15 minutes. In some parts of neighbouring Germany tens of thousands of homes were without electricity for up to three hours late Thursday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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