Power blackout hits 350,000 Tokyo homes, brings trains to a halt
A massive blackout cut power to 350,000 households for a short period in central Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon, disrupting trains and bringing elevators to a halt.
As of 3:39 p.m., 350,000 households were without electricity in Tokyo’s Chuo, Minato, Chiyoda and Toshima wards, but most of them had supplies restored 10 minutes later.
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said the outage was likely caused by the fire at a Tepco facility in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture.
Economy minister Hiroshige Seko directed the utility to investigate the cause of the problem, and to take further actions to prevent any recurrence.
The blaze was adjacent to National Route 254, which was closed to traffic.
According to the website of Seibu Railway Co., 11 lines operated by the firm were suspended or suffering delays as of 7:06 p.m.
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