Part of the state of Hawaii off-line
Patrick J. Chicas
pjc at off-road.com
Tue Sep 23 22:39:24 UTC 1997
On Tue, 23 Sep 1997, Sean Donelan wrote:
> For network purposes, I guess Hawaii counts as part of North America.
For quite some time.. :-)
> Yet Another Utility Explosion.
> A utility explosion has effected electrical service to the building
> housing several of the inter-state providers for Hawaii. Is anyone
> keeping statistics on these?
A little more info..
The outage started at 1400hrs HST, 9/22.
The power vault fire cause is suspect to be rats and/or termites that ate
The outage darkened a particular building that houses the following carriers:
-GST Telecomm (CLEC)
-Hawaii On-line (largest ISP in State and subsidiary of GST)
-Lava.net (large Oahu ISP)
Of the telco carriers, only MCI-Telecomm was unprepared. A portable
generator was installed and activated with fire escape wire runs at or
around midnight. MCI-Telecomm voice trunks were maintained by a battery
string 'till the generator arrived. All parties co-located at MCI-Telecomm,
including the ANS-CORE, core router appeared to be completely
unprotected and failed immediately.
Our Web server is connected via ANS. Our Primary DNS and mail list
machine via Hawaii On-Line. Hawaii Online restored at 0800hrs on
9/23. Needless to say, we were off the air.
When working with ANS during restoration, the tech mentioned that
MCI-Telecomm was to provide generator backup at all ANS sites per contract.
MCI-Telecomm has never, ever had such facilities at that location.
The other major NSP in the islands is UUNET via a contract agreement with
GTE Internet Services. That POP is located in a true, telecomm bunker
with fully redundant, stand alone power systems, and diverse carrier -
diverse entrance route fiber facilities.
The power vault fire was the third such outage in the past 12-18 months.
In the last event, a manhole cover was propelled 30 feet skyward when
contained gasses ignited in a vault. The utility quickly replaced all
covers with vented grates to prevent such explosions. Do you think they
anticipated more vault fires.....
One other building owner in town has already taken these events to mind
and has installed diverse power feeds from the local utility to
compliment a huge stand alone generator plant. The same building will soon
have diverse route fiber feeds from multiple carriers. Interesting
enough, the high voltage feed from the generator to the building buss, is
via metal clad conductors.
We have yet to see termites eat metal here on the rock..
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