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Into the Darkness

Bali Suffers an Island-Wide Blackout on a Saturday Night, July 12, 2014

(7/12/2014) Bali experienced an island-wide power outage on Saturday night, July 12, 2014 that started just before 9:00 p.m. local time with electricity only returning to Sanur, in Bali’s south, at midnight.

The deputy spokesman for the State Power Board (PT PLN) for East Java, Arkad Matulu, blamed a “technical disturbance” for the power outage.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Matulu said, “Electricity in Bali totally failed at 20:49 Eastern Indonesian time because of an interruption on the high-power line between Situbondo and Banyuwangi.”

As a result, Matulu explained, the submarine power line connecting Java and Bali with a capacity of 234.5 megawatts went dead causing a sudden imbalance in the Bali power grid and an island-wide blackout.

Power distribution began to gradually return to normal at 9:20 pm.

According to Antara, during the power black out messages began circulating via BlackBerry Messenger” with the rumor that the Pesanggaran Power generating center had been bombed. These reports were vigorously denied by PLN who called on the public not to be swayed by unfounded gossip.

By Sunday morning electricity was back to normal operating levels.