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Blackout in Taipei's Palace Museum Thursday afternoon

Blackout in Taipei's Palace Museum Thursday afternoon

Taipei, July 9 (CNA)
The National Palace Museum (NPM) saw an unexpected power outage at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, but power was restored as of 4:25 p.m. The emergency power system was activated successfully, enabling the display areas to operate normally, said Ho Chuan-hsing, deputy director of the NPM.
The power supply line to 249 households and businesses in that area of Taipei's Shilin District had been disconnected at about 1:31 p.m., Taiwan Power Co. said. It estimated earlier that operations will return to normalcy around 4 p.m..
Quite a few visitors were crammed in the entrance area after the blackout, as a press conference celebrating the 90th anniversary of the museum and the opening of its southern branch had to be postponed and held in the dark.
Strong wind gusts caused roadside trees to fall on an electricity transmission line, and then a distribution transformer exploded, which caused the blackout, said Yang Hsiu-chuan, chief secretary of the NPM. The museum experienced a power outage for approximately five minutes, but it has an independent electricity system for monitoring its treasures, said Yang.
The museum, founded in 1925 in Beijing and based on the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) imperial collection, was once moved to Sichuan Province during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and then moved to Taiwan in 1949 during Chinese civil war, where it now receives more than five million visitors last year. (By Wang Ching-yi, Milly Lin and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-26 03:15 GMT+08:00