Full service back in UN Secretariat after power outage

20 September 2005

The United Nations Secretariat building in New York regained full power today, after a 4,000 amp fuse blew at around noon yesterday in the 52-year old landmark Headquarters building, causing a partial power outage and disrupting phone and computer services.

UN Security said that it had no indication of a threat against the building, after the outage began at 12:15 p.m. local time, the UN said in a press note. However, staff members were told to leave the building at 2:15 so that all power could be turned off to conduct the necessary repairs, which were completed by the morning.

Since the General Assembly building and other parts of the UN complex were not affected, the ongoing General Debate of the 60th anniversary Assembly and other scheduled meetings were not disturbed.

An investigation into the incident continues.


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