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Saturday, October 7, 2000

IN BRIEF: Georgia Power Crashes

REUTERS TBILISI, Georgia -- Most of Georgia was plunged into darkness Friday after a system failure at one of the country's power stations.

Some Georgians woke up to find they had no drinking water, while the underground in Tbilisi also ground to a halt.

"The crash ~ prompted an automatic shutdown of all energy systems in the country," said Yelisbar Yeristavi, a spokesman for the national energy board.

It was not known what caused the shutdown.

He said the accident at a hydroelectric power station, located around 60 kilometers from Tbilisi, had set off a chain reaction of automatic systems, which had switched off power to consumers in most of the country.

-- Carl Jenkins (, October 07, 2000

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