Los apagones tienen un fulgor pasmoso. Ah, los imprevistos. En la oscuridad, siempre las sombras se perciben con diferentes matices… y a veces, hasta algunos felinos ven más claro. Por eso me imagino ahora mismo el asombro de los residentes del área de San Francisco, California, donde ocurrió un extraño ‘baja y sube’ de electricidad. Apagón, otra vez apagón, etc:

About 51,000 homes and businesses lacked electricity at the height of the failure, which started at about 2 p.m., said Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman Darlene Chiu.Many were rerouted to backup circuits, but about 30,000 customers remained in the dark an hour later as PG&E crews worked to identify the failure’s cause, Chiu said.”Our priority now is to restore service back to our customers as fast as we can,” she said. AT&T Park, home of the Giants, was also affected hours before a scheduled night game. Six Apart Inc., a blog-hosting service, said its sites began failing shortly before 2 p.m., and the company sent an e-mail to customers blaming the city’s “power issues.” The company reported that power resumed shortly afterward, but that employees were checking data and computers.

Several other Internet sites with offices in San Francisco had problems Tuesday afternoon, including Technorati, Yelp, Red Envelope and CNet. It was unclear whether the problems were related to the outage.

San Francisco-based classified site Craigslist.org was down Tuesday afternoon, but founder Craig Newmark said he didn’t know why.

 

Algunos medios reportan que 20.000 hogares se quedaron a oscuras. Otros, que 50.000. Para mí es más que suficiente, por la gravedad del suceso, que websites como Six Apart, Craigslist, Technorati, Yelp, Red Envelope y CNet se vieron afectadas.

Compren linternas… Piensen en servidores con generadores de energía solar y ya verán como casi todo se arregla.

Enlaces:

Sporadic power outages hit San Francisco
http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSN2424768820070724

Sporadic power failures darken swaths of downtown San Francisco
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_6452854

Power Failures Hit San Francisco
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6802554,00.html

Power Failures Darken San Francisco http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/07/24/ap3947918.html