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Power Outage Delays TDR Openings

August 14th, 2006

Power Outage Delays TDR Openings

TOKYO (Reuters) - A rare power outage caused by an industrial accident affected large areas of Tokyo for about two hours on Monday, darkening homes and offices, trapping people in elevators and disrupting transport and computer systems.

The outage, caused when a construction crane on a tugboat hit a power line, started around 7:40 a.m. (2240 GMT on Sunday) as offices were opening and commuters were heading for work.

Power supplies were restored by midmorning and most rail services returned to normal.

A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc., which serves an area with a population of more than 30 million, said about 800,000 homes were affected.

Traffic lights went dark in at least 260 places, Kyodo news service said, while several businesses reported problems with computer systems.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange was trading as usual, but foreign exchange traders at several banks said they were unable to conduct business because of computer

The operators of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea said the outages had forced them to delay opening their gates for about an hour.

"Most attractions did not work because of the power outage," an official said, adding that the attractions were expecting 100,000 people to attend on Monday. "In my memory we have never had this before."

Some Tokyo subway lines temporarily allowed men to ride in special "women-only" cars to ease crowding after service resumed. The special cars were introduced to spare women the aggravation of harassment from male passengers.

-- Source: Reuters News Service.

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