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Massive blackout in Zurich, officials cite technical issues
Published time: 27 Apr, 2016 12:23
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A massive power outage struck the Swiss city of Zurich, electric officials have confirmed, adding that the city center lost electricity and traffic was halted. Almost an hour after the blackout, the power was back.
The Zurich Electricity company (EWZ) tweeted that the blackout took place shortly before 2pm local time (12:00 GMT).
The company added that two transformers had been shut down due to “unknown reasons.”
The lights were off on Zurich's main downtown street, Bahnhofstrasse, Swiss 20 Minuten newspaper reported.
Several shops had increased security measures, according to the paper.
Blackout at #DEF2016 - very romantic...#zurichblackout#stromausfallpic.twitter.com/2uNAv248tf— Kamales Lardi (@KamLardi) April 27, 2016
The affected area included Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues, as well as Schanzengraben and Wiedikon districts, EWZ said.
#Stromausfall im ewz-Unterwerk Katz kurz vor 14.00 Uhr. 2 Trafo sind zurzeit ausgeschaltet. ewz-Spezialisten suchen die Ursache.— ewz (@ewz_energie) April 27, 2016
Draussen warten. Läden an der Bahnhofstrasse geschlossen@srfzuerich#blackoutpic.twitter.com/x6T9jgHN3N— Damian Grunow (@damiangrunow) April 27, 2016
#BREAKING: massive power outage in #Zurich: Reason unknownpic.twitter.com/0dnH5tySkH— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) April 27, 2016
Zurich is without electricity. What's going on? #Zurich#blackout— CaroBouge (@CaroBouge) April 27, 2016