Fifty years ago today, The Great Northeast Blackout affected approximately 30 million people in both the U.S.
When generators in the South Pranakhorn Powerplant in Samut Prakan failed, a nationwide blackout spread throughout Thailand.
On March 13, 1989 the entire province of Quebec, Canada suffered an electrical power blackout lasting 12 hours—and it was all thanks to the sun.
In 1999, approximately 97 million of the 160 million people living in Brazil lost power in what was the biggest blackout ever at the time. Despite economic expansion in India, the blackout was used by some as an excuse to push for privatization of the electrical industry to bring it up to date. It took months before the real cause of the Northeast Blackout of 2003 was finally determined. Winter storms resulted in a nearly two-week blackout for 4.6 million people around the central Chinese city of Chenzhou.


In the largest electrical outage in history (so far), the July 31st blackout of India affected an area encompassing about 670 million people, which is around 9% of the world’s population. Schools and businesses were forced to close during the 12 hour blackout, as well as the Montreal Metro and Dorval Airport.
A bolt of lightning struck an electricity substation, which in turn shut down Itaipu, which was the largest power plant in the world. Enron was reported to have been contacted to help supply electricity during the crisis but insisted on a price that was three times higher than usual. The state power company had been struggling to fulfill electricity demand following the 1997 monetary crisis and, one year earlier, the government held a special energy summit to plan for increasing the country's electrical capacity.
Suspiciously, the blackouts came two days after 60 Minutes reported that previous Brazilian power outages were caused by hackers. In the most disturbing and vivid detail, The Guardian reported that electric crematoriums stopped operating, some with bodies left half burnt before wood was brought in to stoke the furnaces.


Jakarta, the capital of the fourth most populated country in the world, lost power, and half of the Indonesian population — 100 million people — were without electricity for almost 11 hours. The blackouts stopped trains in Germany and trapped dozens of people in elevators in France and Italy.
50 million people were inconvenienced for up to two days in what turned out to be the biggest blackout in North American history. The official Xinhua News Agency said 11 electricians died while working to restore power, and the storm's death toll exceeded 60.



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