Going ape? Kenya power company says monkey caused nationwide 3-hour blackout

Nairobi: Kenya's power generation company says a monkey caused a three-hour nationwide blackout.

The Kenya Electricity Generation Company said in a statement late Tuesday that a monkey climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru Power Station in central Kenya and fell onto a transformer, tripping it.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The company said this caused other machines in the station to trip, resulting in the loss of 180MW from the plant, triggering a national blackout. The statement did not say whether the monkey survived.

The blackout lasted more than three hours Tuesday before power was restored.

The company said that its facility is secured with an electric fence, and that this was an isolated incident.


Updated Date: Jun 08, 2016 11:30 AM

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