Blackouts strike MIT
Problems with aligning a new system at Cambridge Electric caused all of MIT west of Ames Street to experience an eight-minute long power outage shortly after 2:30 pm yesterday.
Thomas Shepherd, associate director of Physical Plant, said that the utility's failure lay in procedure, not equipment. Cambridge Electric was in the process of switching the power load from the Blackstone and Putnam stations to the new 115 kiloVolts station located at Alewife.
The power failure is one of several which have effected the MIT campus this summer, all of approximately the same duration.