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How long would power last if everyone disappeared?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by SpongeHead, Aug 18, 2003.

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  1. SpongeHead

    SpongeHead Guest

    I am writing a short story and I need to know how long electricity
    would be produced if all humans vanished. I know that it will vary
    from grid to grid since there are a few ways to produce power. Would
    dams overflow and cause major destruction? Or would the plants just
    shut down having some sort of emergency switch?
  2. Don Kelly

    Don Kelly Guest

    There is no one answer. It could be minutes, days, months depending on a
    multitude of factors such as weather, part failures, etc. I can visualise
    an isolated, unloaded hydro unit running for several months then failing
    because a mouse liked control wiring insulation for nest building material.

    In addition, if all humans vanished, who would know?
    Build your scenario - it is the author's job to suspend disbelief.
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