National power cuts. Holland on Thursday. Turkey on Tuesday.

I narrowly missed being stranded at Schiphol last week when power was cut off across Holland.  It seemed an extraordinary event.  Not so.  Today Turkey’s power is cut off.  What the hell is going on?

Turkey power cut hits big cities

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People line up for fuel at a petrol station in Istanbul
The power cut led to queues at some petrol stations in Istanbul

A massive power cut has hit dozens of provinces in Turkey, causing transport chaos across the country.

More than half of Turkey’s 81 provinces were hit, with officials saying a break in connections with mainland Europe could be to blame.

The cut hit at 10:36 (07:36 GMT) on Tuesday morning, and power was not fully restored until the evening.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said all possible causes are being examined, including terrorism.

Traffic lights stopped working in several parts of Istanbul and Ankara during the outage, causing traffic jams, while rescue teams were called to help people trapped in lifts or stuck underground at metro stations.

By Tuesday afternoon, electricity returned to parts of Istanbul. At 20:40 (17:40 GMT) Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said that power had been restored across the country,Hurriyet reported.

Mr Yildiz said officials would investigate what had caused the outage.

“It is too early to say now if it is because of a technical reason, a manipulation, a foul play, an operational mistake, or a cyber [attack]. We are looking into it… We cannot say they are excluded possibilities.”

Store workers sit in candlelight at their shop after a major power cut in Istanbul, Turkey 31 March 2015
Many shops and officers were plunged into darkness
People wait at a train station in Ankara after a massive power cut, 31 March 2015
The power cut disrupted train services from Ankara

Turkey suffers from sporadic electricity cuts but locals say they cannot remember such a nationwide cut for a generation, reports the BBC’s Mark Lowen in Istanbul.

One of the few cities unaffected by the power cut was Van in the east of the country, where electricity is supplied from Iran.


10 Responses to “National power cuts. Holland on Thursday. Turkey on Tuesday.”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Maybe someone is giving us a taste of what’s in store if our energy security is threatened, and is illustrated by those two CIA/Mossad strongholds Netherlands and Turkey.
    I’m sure we will be reminded of this in future references to ‘pipelines’ and Mr Putin.

  2. Gordon says:

    These are prelude to the big one. The big one being the take down of the USA.

    For a long time now I’ve stated that NASA has been putting out false reports on a regular basis that earth will be hit by a massive solar flare with the potential to knock out an entire countries power supply.

    My suspicions were aroused that NASA was telling the lie often enough to be believed while advanced military weaponry would more than likely be the primary source of major blackouts and of course the blame instantly attached to the old faithful, Russia, Iran or terrorists to provoke a response.

    Such false reports were grabbed by the media, The Daily Express and headlined “Apocalypse NOW: Killer solar superstorm could destroy Earth at ANY MOMENT, scientists warn.” While others joined the hype proclaiming ”
    NASA EDGE: Solar Max Storm Warning,” “Nasa blackout warning: will the Earth be plunged in six days of darkness.”

    Clearly, we need to keep an eye on the game as trouble looms ahead of their game.

  3. Gordon says:

    E-Bomb Effects.

    The United States is drawn to EMP technology because it is potentially non-lethal, but is still highly destructive. An E-bomb attack would leave buildings standing and spare lives, but it could destroy a sizeable military.
    There is a range of possible attack scenarios. Low-level electromagnetic pulses would temporarily jam electronics systems, more intense pulses would corrupt important computer data and very powerful bursts would completely fry electric and electronic equipment.
    In modern warfare, the various levels of attack could accomplish a number of important combat missions without racking up many casualties. For example, an e-bomb could effectively neutralize:
    vehicle control systems
    targeting systems, on the ground and on missiles and bombs
    communications systems
    navigation systems
    long and short-range sensor systems.

    “We needed to protect our ballistic missiles, B1 bombers, and communications systems for command and control. A decade later I laid out design of how you made an even stronger enhanced EMP weapon. That was almost 50 years ago.”

    Coupling of the three EMP components to ground systems
    An EMP affects electrical systems by “coupling” to them: in effect, electrical devices, and their attachments (e.g. power cables), simply act like antennas which pick-up the EMP signal. The different types of EMP—E1, E2, and E3—couple in different ways to the various types of electrical systems.[11,12]

    The prompt E1 couples well to local antennas, short (1–10 m) cable runs, equipment in buildings (through apertures), and can disrupt or damage integrated circuit (IC)-based control systems, sensors, communication systems, protective systems, computers, and similar devices. The most common protection against the effects of E1 is the use of electromagnetic shielding, filters, and surge arresters [11].

    E2 couples well to longer conductive lines, vertical antenna towers, and aircraft with trailing wire antennas. It is similar to lightning in its time-dependence, but would, of course, be more geographically widespread, while being lower in intensity, especially for a low-yield weapon. As the EMP commission acknowledges, the E2 pulse would not, in general, be an issue for critical infrastructure systems since they already have protective measures for defense against occasional lightning strikes.

    The E3 pulse couples well to power and long communications lines including undersea and underground cables. The low frequencies (sub-Hertz) of E3 make shielding and isolation difficult. Experience from both geomagnetic storms and 1960s-era Russian and American nuclear testing indicates that there is a great likelihood of commercial power and landline disruption from E3 pulses of powerful (>100 kt) nuclear devices. Small isolated systems will however, typically, be unaffected by E3. The E3 environment is so slowly varying that quasi-DC analysis models are appropriate for estimating the behavior of the induced power system responses.

    Dr. Radsaky and Mr. Kappenman have summarized the effects of E1 and E3 from a large nuclear device in their statement before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology:

    For the operation of the electric power grid, the… E1 and E3 pulses are the most important. Research performed for the EMP Commission clearly indicates the following concerns:
    1) Malfunctions and damage to solid-state relays in electric substations (E1)
    2) Malfunctions and damage to computer controls in power generation facilities, substations, and control centers (E1)
    3) Malfunctions and damage to power system communications (E1)
    4) Flashover and damage to distribution class insulators (E1)
    5) Voltage collapse of the power grid due to transformer saturation (E3)
    6) Damage to [High Voltage] HV and [Extremely High Voltage] EHV transformers due to internal heating (E3)

  4. NPP says:

    My hotel went blank for only a moment till I assume the back-up system kicked in. I confess, I was only aware of a wider problem because the outside world news told me.

    Also from yesterday:

    It is connected to:

    There are Turkish elections this year.

    • NPP says:

      Huge power cut caused confusion. Gunmen ‘disguised’ as lawyers, carrying guns, entered court building, not checked properly, shot prosecutor who has been making inquiries into police.

  5. Tim says:

    Think back to 2003/4. Prolonged blackouts on the east coast of the US including New York as well as London, Copenhagen, major cities in Italy – all in the space of a few months.

    Hard to find much mention of it online nowadays but certainly something odd and much to ponder if you connect the dots.

  6. Harriet says:

    The courageous and sensible politicians of this small country is setting a great example to the rest of the world.

    World needs to watch for the safety of the politicians and other citizens in Iceland. Will the Zionist bankers do some mischief to harm Iceland as revenge?

    We are watching and Iceland does not deserve ill will of Zionist bankers for gaining financial independence which is their right!

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