Electircal surge knocks out campus power

Electircal surge knocks out campus power
March 27, 2013 Ashleigh Strange

By Ashleigh Strange, Teri Anderson and Logan Stolpe, Extreme Alaska

A bank of computers sits empty and dark in the Rasmussen Library computer lab

A bank of computers sits empty and dark in the Rasmussen Library computer lab

At around 3:30pm on Wednesday afternoon, a strong electrical surge from GVEA damaged the UAF power plant and cut the power to most of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

UAF Senior Public Information Officer Marmian Grimes said that one of the campus feeders went out. “Feeders are big cables that serve certain parts of campus,” Grimes said. “It took out power in Lathrop, the Patty Center, the SRC, Wickersham, and other lower campus dorms.”

Electricians worked to fix the error and by about 6:05pm, the power was restored.

An employee with the Office of Information Technology said that Fairbanks was not the only campus affected. When the power went out, the internet server went with it and Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau campuses are left with limited or no access to their main websites, Blackboard and email accounts.

A student tries unsuccessfully to access UAOnline from a computer in the Rasmuson Library

A student tries unsuccessfully to access UAOnline from a computer in the Rasmuson Library

They don’t expect full internet capabilities to return until at least 6am Thursday morning.

Wickersham dorm will have no heat for the night. Wickersham students must either spend the night elsewhere or sign up in the Wood Center for Residence Life to provide accommodations for them.

Extreme Alaska is continuing to follow this story and will have more information as it is made available. For more information, please visit the UAF Alert page.

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