INDEPTH: POWER OUTAGE|
Blackout by the Numbers
CBC News Online | August 15, 2003
Updated November 14, 2003
4:11 p.m. ET
Time of blackout.
Time it took for the grid to collapse.
One report says a surge of 300 megawatts suddenly moved east on the grid, then reversed direction and moved west, adding to the amount on the grid, for a total of 500 megawatts.
24,086 square kilometers
Total area affected by blackout.
Number of people affected in the United States and Canada.
Estimated number of people in Cleveland without water.
Amount of water trucked into Cleveland by the National Guard on Friday, August 15.
Estimated number of people who spent the night at Pearson Airport in Toronto during the blackout.
Estimated number of flights cancelled in North America Friday, August 15.
Number of people who "camped out" overnight at the New York Stock Exchange.
50 to 60 years
Average age of the North American transmission equipment.
$50 - $100 billion
Estimated cost of modernizing the North American power grid.
Number of power plants shut down.
Number of nuclear power plants shut down.
Average time it takes a nuclear power plant to restart.
Expected daytime high in much of Ontario on Friday, August 15.
"Serious" Fires: 60
Elevator rescues: 800
Calls to 911: 80,000
Police on duty: 10,000
Fire calls: 1,484
Elevator rescues: 110
Looting cases: 114
Blackout related arrests: 38
Fire calls: 370
Looting cases: 23