Munich's blackout on Thursday remains a mystery

Thu 15 Nov

Munich experienced its most extensive power blackout in two decades today when half a million people sat in darkness this morning at 7 am. U-Bahns, S-Bahns and trams ground to a standstill and non-functioning traffic lights caused chaos on the roads as well. The fire-brigade had their fair share to do when many people had to be rescued from lifts, and fire alarm systems went off for no apparent reason. It took about an hour until electricity was restored to all affected parts of the city.

There were about 1000 distress calls to the Fire department between 7 and 9 am - five times more than on a normal morning. In one of the U-Bahns, some commuters had to sit tight for up to 45 minutes before the train resumed its journey.

"We're dealing with probably a technical failure," said the head of SWM-network services, Eduard Bauer. The defect occurred in an interface into the grid from Eon Bavaria. It is still unclear as to what exactly happened.

Stephan Schwarz, the Managing Director of the public utility company, Stadtwerke M√ľnchen (SWM) stated that it might have been a current peak and most probably too much current flowed into the net and hence resulted in a short-circuit. These were only speculations so far.

Criticism of communication deficiencies

For many people in Munich, the main source of information this morning was Twitter. Before SWM made any report of the blackout situation, many people informed one another via Twitter about the state in their districts. "The communication could have perhaps been improved," admitted Stephan Schwarz.

SWM could not quantify the cost of the damage involved.

Write a comment ...
Post comment

Computers of the future may have eyes of an insect

Ready for the movies
Hold a pencil in front of you and look at it with one or the other eye closed: it appears to shift a little. That's the key to three-dimensional...

Karneval countdown

Fasching with Karneval Universe
As the temperature dips below freeezing and Munich beds down for the long-avoided winter, Fasching season arrives and promises to be even better...

Friends or Foes: the GMO debate

AuqaBounty Salmon grow to market size in half the time it takes Atlantic salmon.
Love them or loathe them, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are very much part of modern life.

It has been normal practise in livestock breeding...

Luxor African Film Festival 2016 still open to submissions for the International Freedom Competition

Luxor African Film Festival will take place on March 2016
Entering their fifth edition, the Luxor African Film Festival aims to support and encourage African films productions and partnerships between the...

Icelandic Seasons limited edition photobook available

Icelandic Seasons' breathtaking photography
The master photographer Martin Schulz is a true friend of Iceland. He has visited the country 15 times and he has photographed Icelandic nature and...

Power for a charger-free world

Pulling out the plug
A team of engineers at the University of Washington devised a system that uses regular WiFi to power small electronics at a distance- All without...

Why you won't lose weight with exercise alone

Sometimes exercise is just not enough
If magazines and health clubs are to be believed, the new year should coincide with a whole new you. Many gyms see up to a 50% increase in memberships...

Police Issue Terror Alert for Munich

Munich police issue terror alert
Munich: Bavarian Police have issued a terror alert, warning people to stay away from crowded spots on New Year eve. As the night rang in the New...

A question of how much hormone helps improve IVF success

High use of hormones may be hurting the chances of IVF success
Infertility is the impossibility to conceive after one year of regular attempts in the absence of a contraceptive. Usually infertility is a complex...

Life happens, coffee helps..

Consider your morning; your alarm goes off, you get up and get dressed, probably yawn and then pour yourself a nice mug of coffee to allow you to...

Sperm carries memories of dad's eating habits

At some point in our lifetimes, we have all inherited family heirlooms passed on from generation to generation. Our bequests could range from say a...

A British Christmas, delivered to your door

A very British Christmas indeed
Sometimes you just can't beat the taste of home. And with the festive season upon us, what better time to enjoy a few of your favourite home...

Advertise with The Munich Eye
Public Service Advertisements
Shades of Love
Spanish Finca for rent Web Site Optimisation
Newspaper sudoku