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Power outage affects DeBartolo Quad, Ryan Hall

| Sunday, December 7, 2014

Early Sunday morning, 10 buildings centered around DeBartolo Quad, including one dorm, lost power for several hours due to “a fault in a circuit that supplies power to parts of the south side of the campus,” according to University spokesperson Dennis Brown.

“The exact reason for the fault is still to be determined, but it does not appear to be related to previous outages,” Brown said. “The outage began at 12:03 a.m. and affected Stinson-Remick Hall, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Mendoza College of Business, DeBartolo Hall, Ryan Hall, Eck Visitors Center, Eck Hall of Law, McKenna Hall, the Hesburgh Center for International Studies and Legends.”

The buildings regained power over the course of about seven hours, Brown said.

“Power to a part of the circuit was restored at 1:42 a.m. to Ryan and Eck Visitors Center,” Brown said. “All but McKenna, DeBartolo Hall and the Hesburgh Center came on line between 3:30 and 4:10 a.m. Power was restored to those final three buildings at 8:18 a.m.”

This is the second outage to affect campus within a week. Twelve buildings concentrated on the south side of South Quad lost power for about four hours Nov. 30.

Earlier this year, more than 20 buildings also experienced a 10-minute power outage Sept. 3. The interior of a cooling cell in the Notre Dame Power Plant’s steam generation system partially collapsed Aug. 20, and a software failure caused a campus-wide blackout Feb. 27.


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