San Francisco Gets Power Outage; Web Gets Downtime

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Many Web 2.0 ventures lost power on Tuesday afternoon when Pacific Gas and Electric Co. lost power to a number of main grids in San Francisco. Among those who were affected were Craigslist, Yelp, SecondLife, Raiders, Six Apart’s TypePad, Technorati, and RedEnvelope.

“Every time workers attempted to close those breakers to restore service, it caused voltage fluctuations — high and low flows of electricity through the system — that impacted PG&E’s Martin Substation in Daly City” said a spokeswoman for PG&E (via sfgate.com). When the power went out, a major hub of internet datacenters, including 365Main, went down.

Other reports on the incident include blaming the whole thing on a drunk employee who was messing with servers (FWIW, acording to ValleyWag). Whatever the case, our props goes to all the developers pulling out their remaining hair trying to get things back to normal. The downtimes, as a whole, didn’t last for any more than an hour.

We have e-mailed 365Main for a comment, and we’ll keep you posted on the incident.


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