Kenya Plunged Into Darkness

Entire nation loses power

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 28, 2013 1:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – The entire nation of Kenya is experiencing a blackout, Reuters reports. The power grid failed today after two transmission lines went down, causing a ripple effect. Kenya Power, the country's only power distributor, says it's attempting "to restore power as quickly as possible." It's not sure why the transmission lines failed; they were carrying electricity from a geologically active area. (In Vietnam last week, a tree fell ... and caused 35% of the country to lose power for 10 hours.)

An aerial view of the slum of Kibera with the Nairobi skyline in the background in 2008.
An aerial view of the slum of Kibera with the Nairobi skyline in the background in 2008.   (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale)
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