When I saw this story, I didn’t know what to make of it.
How could a little animal take down the nation’s power grid? Maybe Al Qaeda decided to recruit these monkeys, or maybe it was ISIS checking out a few new members but something like this causing a huge scare in the nation of Kenya, Africa.
I guess sometimes the smallest thing can make the biggest problems. I guess the monkey wandered into the power grid and got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A monkey has been blamed for causing a nationwide blackout in Kenya after ‘falling onto a transformer at a power station’.
The country on Africa’s east coast was without electricity for more than three hours today after the incident shortly after 11.30am local time.
Electricity company KenGen released a statement this afternoon claiming that the outage was the result of an ape climbing on a power station roof and tripping a transformer.
It said: “At 1129 hours this morning, a monkey climbed on the roof of Gitaru Power Station and dropped onto the transformer tripping it.
“This caused other machines at the power station to trip on overload resulting in a loss of more than 180MW form this plant, which triggered a national power blackout.
The Gitaru power station is the biggest regarding installed capacity and can serve a fifth of the country’s capacity from its 225MW peak power generation, according to the Kenyan Star .
The newspaper claims the outage saw the service industry, which relies on the mains supply, grind to a halt.
Power was restored across the country at around 3pm local time.
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I’m sure this power station along with others will put safeguards so this won’t happen again. I’m sure some of the officials were embarrassed about what they found. Can you imagine being in charge of the power station and find out that a monkey tripped the system that shut down everything?
You may even think that your job is on the line with a huge mistake like that. I know I would be on pins and needles until someone laughed the entire incident off.
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