Power cut hits Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture

Power cut hits Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture

TOKYO - A major power cut hit Tokyo and the neighboring prefecture of Kanagawa on the evening of May 13, affecting up to 69,000 households, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. said.

Around 67,600 households in the city of Yokohama and surrounding areas and some 1,400 households in the neighboring city of Machida in Tokyo were affected by the blackout at around 10: 30 p.m. The power was restored at around 5: 20 a.m. on May 14. An underground power cable could be damaged, according to officials.

Some 19,000 passengers were affected by the power cut, on the Odakyu Odawara Line between Mukogaoka-Yuen and Machida and the Odakyu Tama Line between Shin-Yurigaoka and Karakida stations.

Some traffic lights in its jurisdiction lost power, forcing officers to direct traffic, according to the Kanagawa Prefecture's Aoba Police Station.

Some 500 households in Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo and Yamanashi Prefecture west of the capital lost power around the same time due to a different cause, and power was restored to those households by the predawn hours of May 14.