Bat causes outage for 2700 households in the Gushikawa area

November 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4 at 7:36pm, a bat came in contact with an electric wire in Nishihara, Uruma City, causing a temporary outage for up to 2700 households centered on the Gushikawa area of Uruma City. According to the Okinawa Electric Power Company (OEPC), the supply of electricity was fully restored by 9:34pm.

OEPC reports that because the bat made contact with the electric wire of a power pole at Nishihara in Uruma City and received a shock, a grounding fault occurred in which the current flowed from the body of bat through the clasps of the power pole into the ground. According to the Uruma Police Station, they received a flurry of phone calls requesting information immediately after the power failure.

(English Translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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