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Brief Power Outage Hits North Campus

By Christine R. Fry


Several buildings on the northern and northwestern areas of campus experienced brief power outages on Sunday morning.

“NSTAR had a power interruption,” said Patricia Leclair, MIT facilities operations manager. The outage lasted for approximately 15 minutes.

A spokesman for NSTAR, an electric and gas utility company based in Boston, had no immediate explanation for the outage.

Jeffrey I. Schiller, network manger for MIT Information Systems, said that only the buildings on the Cambridge power grid experienced the power outage.

“MIT has its own power grid,” Schiller said. The buildings on north and northwestern campus that lost power are not on the MIT grid.

Power outage brief, harmless

Leclair said that there were no known major problems caused by the outage. “The only thing we had to do was reset fire panels,” she said.

IS offices are located in some of the buildings affected by the outage, but Schiller said that there were no network problems because of the power loss. He said that once electricity was restored to a building, network service was immediately available.

Leclair said that buildings E19, W11, N42, W59, Random Hall, NW62, N57, and W89 experienced power outages. W59 houses the MIT ROTC programs, and E19 houses various MIT administrative offices, including the Safety Office.

Random Hall operates normally

Random Hall, located on the northern part of campus, lost power around 10 a.m., said Joel C. Corbo ’04, house president.

Although 93 students live in Random Hall, the outage did not cause any major difficulties, Corbo said.

Corbo said the Random Hall emergency generators turned on shortly after the outage, and the power returned within 15 minutes.