2010 Iceland power outages

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The Iceland Power outages 2010 was a massive, widespread power outage that occurred nationwide in Iceland, on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at approximately 21:00 GMT. At the time, it was one of the most widespread electrical outages in Icelandic history.[citation needed] An estimated 200,000 people in Iceland were affected. The three largest aluminium smelters in Iceland were hit by the outage, leaving Century Aluminum Grundartangi and Rio Tinto Alcan Straumsvik totally off-grid.[1] The third aluminium smelter, Alcoa Fjardaal, was forced to reduce its operations to a bare minimum. Hot water became immediately scarce in some of the neighborhoods in Reykjavík, the capital.


  1. ^ "Iceland hit by Power Outages". RUV, The Icelandic Broadcasting Service. 2010-09-01. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 

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