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Mass power outage hits Australian city Darwin

Published on Mar 12, 2014 2:24 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Power was restored to Darwin on Wednesday after a 12-hour outage across the northern Australian city caused chaos, with schools and public sector offices closed and traffic lights knocked out.

A tripped circuit blacked out the city of some 120,000 people and towns up to 320 kilometres away, with the government mobilising emergency management protocols as technicians desperately worked to fix the problem.

"Power and Water apologises to customers for today's extended outage," the electricity provider tweeted several hours into the emergency.

The Northern Territory government said all schools were closed for the day, and the public bus network suspended.

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