April 21st, 2017
The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages.
Power companies in all three regions have yet to elaborate on the cause, though a fire at a substation was the original reason given by San Francisco officials.
A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence.
The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.
Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.
Via : Inverse
The San Francisco Fire Department was responding to more than 100 calls for service in the Financial District and beyond, including 20 elevators with people stuck inside, but reported no immediate injuries. Everywhere, sirens blared as engines maneuvered along streets jammed with traffic.
Traffic lights were out at scores of intersections, and cars were backing up on downtown streets as drivers grew frustrated and honked at each other.
Via: SF Gate
The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame. It has also been suggested that the current outages could be the result of a secretive nuclear/EMP drill by the federal government.
As we have previously reported, the entire national power grid has been mapped by adversaries of the United States and it is believed that sleep trojans or malware may exist within the computer systems that maintain the grid.
In a 2016 report it was noted that our entire way of life has been left vulnerable to saboteurs who could cause cascading blackouts across the United States for days or weeks at a time:
It isn’t just EMPs and natural disaster that poses a threat to the grid, but there is also the potential for attacks on individual power substations in the vast network of decentralized and largely unguarded power grid chain. A U.S. government study established that there would be “major, extended blackouts if more than three key substations were destroyed.”
Whether by criminals, looters, terrorists, gangs or pranksters, it would take very little to bring down the present system, and there is currently very little the system can do to protect against this wide open threat.
Whether the current outages are the result of a targeted infrastructure cyber attack or simply a coincidence, most Americans think the impossible can’t happen, as The Prepper’s Blueprint author Tess Pennington highlights, a grid-down scenario won’t just be a minor inconvenience if it goes on for more than a day or two:
Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.
- Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
- Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
- Inability to access money via atm machines
- Payroll service interruptions
- Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
- Inability to have access to clean drinking water
Full report: When the Grid Goes Down, You Better Be Ready!
It is for this reason that we have long encouraged Americans to prepare for this potentially devastating scenario by considering emergency food reserves, clean water reserves and even home defense strategies in the event of a widespread outage.
The majority of Americans have about 3 days worth of food in their pantry.
Imagine for a moment what Day 4 might look like in any major city that goes dark.
This exclusive clip from American Blackout shows what an extended outage might look like:
Prepare for the worst, because this is one scenario you do not want to face.
Please refer my comments here:
I just came across this "operation Gotham Shield" too, this morning on you tube. The drills are getting bigger and more elaborate every time aren't they!!!
Keeping an open mind, alternative explanations for power outages exist. The sun does have an impact on our aging power grids. NOAA has a page dedicated to Electric Power Transmission and the sun's impact on it at http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/electric-power-transmission://
Could other organizations be faking or altering data? Possibly, but that's a lot of coordination between a lot of scientists messing about with data. Almost a 9-11 level of coordination, if one understands that possible scenario.
If the multiple power outages and increased solar activity were put on a timeline over the past 100 years my bet would be a high correlation. Correlation does not equal causation, but from a scientific viewpoint the sun is more likely the cause of these recent outages than a "secretive government drill". Even before widespread use of electricity was the Carrington event - in 1859 telegraph lines went down because of solar activity.
Just presenting my alternate view on the topic - sometimes I get the urge to inject science and skepticism into these discussions. I took too many statistics and math courses in college and my mind just works that way. Yes, there are real conspiracies out there - but I have too many doubts this scattered power outage is one of them.
Whatever the cause, always be prepared - another Carrington event is all it would take to wipe out much of electrical power on any continent. Just like an actual "attack" from a geo-political enemy could do the same. Pick your poison, as they say. If either happened we'd likely never know the cause.
It is clear to me the grid needs maintenance and protection it has yet to receive. Meanwhile, the ability to disrupt a continent of people through whatever means are available is a great opportunity for the Oligarchs of this planet to wreak havoc on all of us.
ALL Centralised systems the world over are breaking down and very suss..ceptible to "manipulation", and IF it works is likely to poison you in some way...
The people least dependent (worst off) on these systems will be the best off (i.e. people without state sponsored infrastructure-ie rural Russians) in the coming chaos, which will drag the human race kicking and screaming BACK to a better time:
When the snake oil merchants are again seen for what they are, and are no longer in charge.
Invest in a roof fed water tank and hand operated machines that need no power, grow as much food as you can and get a horse, and by the look of that vid..get better neighbours!
Wellcome back George!
Here is a very interesting article which may help you. I also have heart problems (chronic Atrial Fibrillation) and have a pacemaker, so I read a lot of research as "Doctors" don't really have the incentive to keep up with the latest discoveries.
This one refers to an old overlooked discovery (there are plenty of those too!) and I am following this advice now without any doctors telling me first.. You're being used as a Guinea Pig anyway so you may as well do it yourself!
If you feel like shit (or kick the bucket) its your own fault; motto of the day.
I'll post this on your profile too in case you miss it here.
Much Love and Appreciation from Aotearoa
Gerry you made a very good point that shouldn't be overlooked - and that is to be prepared and as self-sufficient as possible. I did briefly mention it but thought any long post might belong somewhere else.
I'm used to frequent outages; trees fall on power lines due to lightning or just heavy rain. The longest outage since I've been here in the SE was 8 hours and was only due to severe T-storms. I did go without electricity for 10 days in the northeast US a few years back. That was a major turning point for me in terms of preparedness.
Just this morning lights dimmed several times after overnight storms - luckily power stayed on. My coffee was still brewing!
It doesn't really matter whether there is a conspiracy, the sun affects us or even just storms, preparedness is important. Certain causes will have worse outcomes (e.g. an EMP will render unprotected generators useless). To be honest, there isn't anything we can do about causes - being prepared for possible outcomes is key.
Heres hopin that drill doesnt go live-all the right crims down queenstown-mmmmm-fema dod MIC drills-powerouts over there-testing testing-heres hopin they dont pull something-the got very itchy triggers at the mo
Power outages hit Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, leaving commuters stranded and traffic backed up.
Geomagnetic solar storm in currently in action
Appearss to be the cause alright.