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The New Year’s Day electrical storm

By johnboy - 2 January 2011 24

photo by john lafferty [Photo by John Lafferty]

Last night was as good a show of the Sturm und Drang as you could possibly hope for.

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(Slideshow below thanks to “alloneword“, and John Lafferty)

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Holden Caulfield 12:26 am 04 Jan 11

Check the serenity!

NathanaelB 4:51 pm 03 Jan 11

Canberra Times had an article about it today. Seeing it happened early Sunday morning I’m not surprised it didn’t make it into the Sunday paper.

They published an article about it today, featuring a photo taken by my partner:

Deref 1:30 pm 03 Jan 11

😀 Brilliant photos, John – thanks!

Dacquiri 9:39 am 03 Jan 11

Yep — imagine if another capital city (say, London, Washington, or Moscow) had experienced a similar outage to that extent for that period of time: you would expect to see some mention in the news, yes? With an explanation of what happened, some soul-searching in terms of what happened and how to avoid it in future, what its impact was/might be, etc., etc.? Haven’t seen a lot about the actual storm, either, which was pretty remarkable.

I am now absolutely convinced that if aliens land in the middle of Canberra, the only way will we know about it is via RiotACT…and then only if they haven’t taken out the internet!

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