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Blackout: The Worst Power Outages in History

By History.com Staff
On August 14, 2003, a widespread power outage struck parts of the Northeastern United States and Canada, affecting an estimated 55 million people. At the time the second worst blackout in history, the outage was caused by a computer malfunction in Ohio that led to an unprecedented and widespread power grid failure that contributed to at least 11 fatalities. Ten years after the lights went out, here’s a look back at the 2003 Northeast blackout and other significant power outages throughout history.


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Categories: Disasters