Major power outage hits Amsterdam

March 27, 2015 12:36

AMSTERDAM - A major power outage hit Amsterdam and surrounding areas on Friday, as Dutch grid operator TenneT reported an overload on its power lines.

The ANP news agency said the outage, which covered large parts of the province of North Holland including the nearby broadcasting center of Hilversum, was caused by a fault at a high-voltage electricity substation in the Amsterdam suburb of Diemen.

TenneT could not immediately be reached for comment on how long the outage might last.

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Europe's fourth largest, had a temporary outage before switching to its emergency power supply. Passengers were checking in as normal and there were no flight delays, an airport spokeswoman said.

Large numbers of passenger trains were canceled across the country and traffic lights in the region were also affected.

Hospitals were operating on backup power, NOS public television reported.

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