Large portion of UC Berkeley loses power midday Friday

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UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich teaching his Wealth and Poverty class outside Wheeler Hall.

More than 30 campus buildings suffered from a power outage before noon Friday, and power was restored about two hours later.

According to the campus’s information services and technology website, the unplanned outage was reported about 11:23 a.m. Friday morning. A campus update said the outage occurred after a contractor accidentally cut a power line while conducting routine maintenance on a power substation.

The campus switched to another substation to restore power. Power began returning to affected buildings at 1:20 p.m. and was fully restored by 1:45 p.m. WarnMe text alerts were sent out to students.

Additionally, Doe Library staff members reported seeing the campus’s emergency underground generators turned on. It is normal for these generators to emit smoke.

Moffitt Library was closed as of noon Friday. A person was reportedly stuck in an elevator inside the library, but rescue crews managed to extract the individual.

Some classes in affected buildings were held outside, and others were canceled. According to the campus, the buildings affected by the power outage were the following:

  • Architects & Engineers building
  • Alumni House
  • Anthony Hall
  • Bancroft Dance Studio
  • Barrows Hall
  • Birge Hall
  • California Hall
  • Campbell Hall
  • Davis Hall
  • Durant Hall
  • Dwinelle Hall and Annex
  • Energy Biosciences Building
  • Giannini Hall
  • Haas Pavillion
  • Hildebrand Hall
  • Latimer Hall
  • LeConte Hall and Annex
  • Li Ka Shing Center
  • Life Sciences Addition
  • Moffitt Library
  • Moses Hall
  • Northwest Animal Facility
  • Recreational Sports Facility
  • Sather Tower (Campanile)
  • South Hall
  • Sproul Hall
  • Stephens Hall
  • Tolman Hall
  • University Hall
  • Valley Life Sciences Building
  • Wellman Hall (including trailers)
  • Wheeler Hall
  • Zellerbach Hall

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