Snake Causes Power Outage for Thousands of Households in Japan

Snake Causes Power Outage for Thousands of Households in Japan

Who said that animals aren’t capable enough to mess up our infrastructure, even by accident? You know what they say that ignorance is bliss sometimes, but today, we’re eager to remind you that human inventions are far from being infallible.

According to Japan Today News, a snake caught in the Tohoku Electric Power Station on Wednesday caused a power outage across 10,000 households in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. 

The power outage lasted for about an hour

Luckily, the Koriyama residents didn’t have too long to wait until the problem of the power outage was fixed. It lasted for just an hour, but the snake had to face a much more terrible outcome. The animal died after connecting with a live wire where he ended up as it was apparently looking to escape the heat a bit. The authorities found the charred remains of the poor snake.

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The power outage occurred at about 2:10 in the afternoon, and it was certainly horrible for many people who were relying on air conditioners to deal with the intense heat. 

Even some local businesses were affected by the power outage, which was expected. It also didn’t come as a surprise that the power company was blamed for not protecting its facilities against snakes. 

Here are some of the comments that surfaced online after the event, as Japan Today News quotes:

“Poor snake. I was born in the year of the snake, so this hits hard.”

“Snakes have a long body, so it’s easy to cause a short.”

“Rest in peace, snake.”

“If it was hit by lightning or something I would understand, but a snake? They should be better protected.”

“Poor little thing…”

“There’s a theory that some criminal group used the snake to cause a blackout.”

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Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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