Europe Unplugged

TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

ROME 9.28.2003: The Colosseum at dawn after a blackout

Last Monday morning — a scorcher in Greece — was a bad day at the Lavrion power station. First, a valve linked to unit 2 of the plant, 80 km southeast of Athens, was found to be leaking. Technicians repaired it within a few hours, but then found that one of three transmission pipes feeding water into the station's boilers was steaming up and ready to burst. Its automatic shutdown system kicked in, causing all four units of the power station to halt. That took about 1,200 MW from the country's grid and brought electrical reserves to a dangerously low level....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!