Most severe blackout since 1999 leaves 6.8 million people without power in Taiwan

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A massive power outage left more than 6 million people across 17 counties and cities without electricity for about five hours Tuesday evening.

This is the country’s most severe blackout since the 1999 Jiji earthquake.

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Unprecendented power outage plundges millions in dark in Taiwan.

A massive power blackout, after staff failed to switch the computerized valve to manual control when replacing a power supply unit, left millions without electricity on the island of Taiwan amid sweltering heat.

 

Some 6.8 million people across 17 counties and cities were left without electricity for about five hours. Electricity was restored by 10pm.

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More than 6.8 million people lost power across Taiwan on August 15 2017.

Taiwan is in the process of implementing a long-term policy to get rid of nuclear power and boost its solar-power capacity. But how it seems, the energy transition is risky and is calling for a slower changeover. The Minister of Economics Affairs Chih-kung Lee resigned Tuesday evening amid the power crisis.

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The major power outage lasted 5 hours in Taiwan

Last week state-owned Taiwan Power Company issued a red alert as electricity consumption hit an all-time high as the country is currently experiencing its “longest heat wave in history” – 12 consecutive days of temperatures above 36 degrees Celsius.

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