Transformer explosion causes power outage in Athens

With the explosion of a transformer, the entire eastern part of Athens became empty for almost an hour



August 22, 2018, 12:07

Athens – The explosion of a transformer left almost half of the Attica region in Athens (Greece), completely without light, which led to unrest in different parts of the city.

According to the Independent Electric Transmission Operator, power failure occurred at 2:12 PM (local time, 8:12 AM in Brasilia) after the explosion of an overheated transformer at a high-voltage center in Attica.

The entire eastern part no longer had electricity, just like the center of Athens and the port of Piraeus. Signs stopped working, creating a big knot in traffic and the fire department received more than 100 calls to save people stuck in elevators. The blackout also caused the interruption of one of the metro lines, so that trains remained in the middle of the route.

The light began to come back in some places from 3 pm (local time, 9 am in Brasilia), according to the operator of the metro. The lack of light did not arrive at Athens International Airport, the management company said. The prediction is that in the next few hours the whole region will be back to normal.

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