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(LEAD) Massive blackout occurs in Seoul's southwestern areas, satellite cities

All News 17:04 June 11, 2017

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SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- A power substation malfunctioned Sunday, causing a massive blackout in some southwestern districts in Seoul and regions just south of the capital, South Korea's state-run electricity monopoly said.

Yeongseo Substation, located in Gwangmyeong, near Seoul, suffered a partial breakdown around 12:53 p.m. causing a disruption in the electrical power supply, according to the Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) and the city government.

The reasons for the malfunction have not been verified.

It is estimated that some 190,000 households were affected by the latest power failure, KEPCO added.

The company said that it is investigating the cause of the blackout, adding it is hard to gauge when the operation of the substation can be fully restored.

As of 2:50 p.m., power had been restored to large parts of the affected areas, but some regions were still affected by the blackout.

Firefighters said that there were scores of calls by citizens trapped in elevators, including a case involving a Techno Mart store, a shopping mall for electronics goods in Seoul's southwestern area.

In another instance, people rushed to escape from a building affected by a blackout while a wedding ceremony was underway, according to witnesses.

This photo, provided on June 11, 2017, shows the dark interior at Techno Mart due to a massive blackout in Seoul's southwestern areas and some satellite cities. (Yonhap)


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