Kenya Plunged Into Darkness

Entire nation loses power
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
An aerial view of the slum of Kibera with the Nairobi skyline in the background in 2008.   (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale)

(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.)

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