Red lights out: Amsterdam power outage causes commuter chaos
The power outage turned the lights out over the Dutch capital and surrounding areas in the early hours of the morning with a knock-on effect for trains, trams and metro services.
A large blackout has hit parts of the Dutch capital of Amsterdam and nearby cities, leaving at least 364,000 customers without power— BNO News (@BNONews) January 17, 2017
Locals were quick to share images online of the unlit city, showing Amsterdam draped in darkness.
So there is a massive power outage in Amsterdam and half of Holland... looks like a zombie apocalypse or WOIII... #amsterdam— ZeroAnnoyance (@ZeroAnnoyance) January 17, 2017
The blackout began at 4:15 am, BNO News reports. A number of websites with servers in Amsterdam were affected by the outage, which forced the sites offline.
Power and high-speed data down in amsterdam. Totally dark. Eerie.— Thomas Ricker (@Trixxy) January 17, 2017
The fault originated at the Hemweg power plant in Amsterdam, utility company Liander said. The cause of the outage was not immediately known.
People used candles and the lights from their vehicles to see in the dark. Those with gas power were happy to still be able to make tea.
Mobile phone networks experienced a surge in calls as the power outage hit.
All of Amsterdam’s power was brought back by 8:20 am, with all power restored by 9 am.
Stroomstoring Amsterdam, Zaandam, Landsmeer opgelost. Excuses voor het ongemak.— Liander (@LianderNL) January 17, 2017