History Main / BigBlackout

11th Jun '18 10:16:54 AM REV6Pilot
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* In 2009, severe weather in the Itaipu dam area ended up shorting out three transformers in a key substation. As a result, the entirety of Paraguay and four Brazilian states were plunged into total darkness, with over two-thirds of Brazil being partially affected as well. [[http://fotospublicas.s3.amazonaws.com/files/2015/03/PP_-Apagao-panelaco-aclimacao_0322032015.jpg The landscape of São Paulo, a city about as sleepless as New York, looked vaguely like a screenshot of]] ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.

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* In 2009, severe weather in the Itaipu dam area ended up shorting out three transformers in a key substation. As a result, the entirety of Paraguay and four Brazilian states were plunged into total darkness, with over two-thirds of Brazil being partially affected as well. [[http://fotospublicas.s3.amazonaws.com/files/2015/03/PP_-Apagao-panelaco-aclimacao_0322032015.[[https://www.bernabauer.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/power_outage_brazil2-thumb5.jpg The landscape of São Paulo, a city about as sleepless as New York, looked vaguely like a screenshot of]] ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.
26th May '18 10:51:07 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': When the Thinker begins the Enlightenment in the Season 4 finale, the process shuts down every piece of electricity-based technology in Central City. When its stopped, the power comes back on.
3rd May '18 12:31:41 AM TimeLordVictorious
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'''Archangel Raphael:''' ''And'' the Eastern Seaboard. (''cue {{dramatic thunder}}'')

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'''Archangel Raphael:''' '''ArchangelRaphael:''' ''And'' the Eastern Seaboard. (''cue {{dramatic thunder}}'')
14th Apr '18 7:43:31 PM Mdumas43073
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** "Does that sound particularly slow to you?" --[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-kjUBpd2ks WABC-AM disc jockey Dan Ingram in 1965]], noting that the music he was playing was running slower than normal (due to decreasing frequency as the electric grid slowly collapsed, which caused the studio turntable to slow down) just prior to the blackout.

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** "Does that sound particularly slow to you?" --[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-kjUBpd2ks WABC-AM WABC disc jockey Dan Ingram in 1965]], noting that the music he was playing was running slower than normal (due to decreasing frequency as the electric grid slowly collapsed, which caused the studio turntable to slow down) just prior to the blackout.
5th Apr '18 9:49:24 PM Mdumas43073
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** "Does that sound particularly slow to you?" --[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djqVA6ZL7Ro WABC-AM disc jockey Dan Ingram in 1965]], noting that the music he was playing was running slower than normal (due to decreasing frequency as the electric grid slowly collapsed, which caused the studio turntable to slow down) just prior to the blackout.

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** "Does that sound particularly slow to you?" --[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djqVA6ZL7Ro com/watch?v=9-kjUBpd2ks WABC-AM disc jockey Dan Ingram in 1965]], noting that the music he was playing was running slower than normal (due to decreasing frequency as the electric grid slowly collapsed, which caused the studio turntable to slow down) just prior to the blackout.
26th Mar '18 10:46:07 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': During the ''Bloody Hell'' arc of the sequel ''Ghosts of the Past'', the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Grey Court]] cut all power and communications networks in Manhattan in order to create enough chaos and confusion in order to enable them to swoop in and [[spoiler: abduct Carol]] without anyone noticing or interfering.
19th Mar '18 11:55:51 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* A ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' spin-off book features this as its plot catalyst. Matters quickly get out of hand when the team is scattered throughout the affected part of the city, Alex gets scammed for a cheap flashlight (with batteries not being included unless he coughs up more cash) and Gabby and Tina ending up in a hostage situation.

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* A ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' spin-off book features this as its plot catalyst. Matters quickly get out of hand when the team is scattered throughout the affected part of the city, Alex gets scammed for a cheap flashlight (with batteries not being included unless he coughs up more cash) and Gabby and Tina ending end up in a hostage situation.
26th Feb '18 2:48:48 AM JackG
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26th Feb '18 2:47:55 AM JackG
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* ''The Last Assassin'' by Creator/BarryEisler. [[ProfessionalKiller John Rain]] arranges for his FriendOnTheForce to knock out the power so he can enter a nightclub in night vision goggles and kill his target without being seen. The hitch is, city regulations require an investigation if power goes out on an entire Tokyo city block for longer than two minutes, so that's all the time his friend can give him.
22nd Feb '18 1:54:38 AM C105
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* BunglingInventor ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'' occasionally manages to do this at the city level by accident. Special mention goes to a blinking Christmas light that plunges the whole city into darkness every time it lights up.
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